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CCSA’s CharterNation is your go-to source for charter school news and stories from the Golden State. Whether you’re listening to our podcast or reading stories from our blog, we strive to bring you real stories from charter school thought leaders, students, families, and educators on the frontlines.

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Success of Charter Public Schools Stands Out on Latest Distinguished Schools List

Last month, we got even more undeniable proof that charter public schools are helping students from all backgrounds and zipcodes achieve incredible academic results.   

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This month, Turn Up the Volume on the future of education for black students in california

In celebrating Black History month, we’ve also been thinking about the future of education for Black students in California. 

In too many parts of this state, Black families still do not have access to a quality public education. In some cities,...

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Black History and Resilience in 2019

“The greatest lessons that students can take from Black History is the resilience of the people.” 

That’s according to Martinique Starnes, a member of our  Diversity in Leadership team, during a recent conversation about Black History Month....

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Charter Public Schools Are Part of the Solution to Improving Education Outcomes for Black Students in California

In celebrating Black History this month, we’ve also been thinking about the future. Specifically, the future of education for Black students in California.

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During Peak Seasonal Depression, CSUS Sacramento Partners with Lighthouse Charter to Offer Students Additional Help

We just marked the one- year anniversary of the tragic Parkland school shooting. Couple the anniversary with a week that included Valentine’s Day, and it can all be a sad reminder of loneliness, rejection, or worst of all, those we’d like to...

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Los Angeles Parents Seek Unity & Solutions at One City, All Kids Summit

For much of 2019, the conversation around public education in Los Angeles has been divisive. In a post-strike world, many L.A. parents are ready for unity and solutions. Last weekend, they had a chance to pursue both during the One City, All Kids...

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Meet our CharterNation storytellers!

Ana Tintocalis

Ana Tintocalis - Director, Media Relations and Research
atintocalis@ccsa.org

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
mcastrejon@ccsa.org

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 >>

Aaron Guerrero

Aaron Guerrero - Director, Digital Communications
aguerrero@ccsa.org 

Aaron Guerrero is Director of Digital Communications on CCSA’s Digital Strategy team under External Affairs. He leads the organization’s digital messaging and content strategies that leverage social media, blog content, advertising programs, and email marketing. Read More >>