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10 Charter High School Grads Receive Bragato Scholarships

CCSA has selected 10 exceptional charter high school students to receive the 2023 Susan Steelman Bragato Scholarship, a statewide award honoring seniors who have overcome adversity, given back to their communities, and are pursuing a post-secondary...

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California Charter Public Schools Now Outperform Traditional Public Schools, CREDO Study Finds

Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO), one of the country’s most respected and prestigious research entities in the U.S., has provided clear evidence about a trend that charter public school supporters have been...

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What is Personalized Learning? CharterNation Podcast Explores Options

Research shows personalized learning is one of the most effective approaches to engage and motivate students. But personalized learning can mean different things to different people.

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CCSA Study Finds Charter Public School Teacher Workforce is Diverse in a Wide Variety of Ways

In celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7-13), CCSA has released a new study called The Face of California’s Charter Public School Teachers (Part I) which finds charter public school teachers are racially and ethnically diverse...

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AAPI Heritage Month: "Seeing Myself" in Literary Works at Granada Hills Charter School

Roughly 37,000 students who attend California charter public schools are Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI), representing about 5% of all charter school students in the state.

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Former CA Governor Jerry Brown Says Charter Schools Embody "Local Control"

Former California Governor Jerry Brown who enacted legislation that streamlined the state’s school funding system and gave schools greater local control says state legislators have undermined his reforms by implementing far too many regulations that...

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Meet our CharterNation storytellers!

Ana Tintocalis

Ana Tintocalis - Director, Media Relations and Research

Ana is Director of Media Relations and Research and a member of CCSA’s External Affairs Team. In this role, she supports the organization’s mission through creative and effective communications platforms that increase public awareness and support for high-quality public charter schools. Additionally, she will help amplify positive local charter school stories happening to win hearts and minds in target media markets across the state. Read More >>

Myrna Castrejón

Myrna Castrejón - President and Chief Executive Officer

As the leader of CCSA, Myrna Castrejón has managed the membership organization representing California's public charter schools since January 2019.

Prior to assuming the role of President and CEO, she served for nearly three years as the Founding Executive Director of Great Public Schools Now, an organization created in winter 2015. As the Executive Director, Myrna led Great Public Schools Now's strategy to transform public education in Los Angeles by expanding high-quality public schools of diverse governance models in the areas most in need of support. Read More >>