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The voice of California’s charter school movement

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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5 COSAS QUE DEBE SABER ACERCA DE LA UNIVERSIDAD DE STANFORD "BAJARSE A LOS HECHOS"

Reuniendo a una tonelada de personas realmente inteligentes de más de 30 instituciones, la Universidad de Stanford publicó recientemente los hallazgos de su proyecto de investigación "Getting Down to Facts" que analizó detenidamente el estado de...

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Championing charters this school year

After the success of the 2017 – 18 school year, California charter school students should be especially excited about going #BacktoSchool.  

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The latest in tuition-free options for a high-quality education

This Back-to-School season, students across the state will be starting classes at brand new charter schools in California. While the first day of school is always exciting, there is even more excitement when a school is opening its doors for the...

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My charter school saved my life

I was born and raised in Compton, California with a mother on drugs, a dad in prison, 13 siblings, and a public school that was so big that teachers didn't have time to look after me. 

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My kids' charter schools keep them safe and focused on what matters most: their education.

I, like most parents, want what's best for my kids - including the greatest education possible so that they can succeed well beyond high school and after college. Unfortunately, where you live, color of your skin, and income level can affect the...

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How To Apply at a charter public school with an Individualized Education Program (IEP)

If you are interested in enrolling in a charter school, check with the school about the application and enrollment process. Generally, the first step is to turn in a very simple application form. Under state law, if a charter school receives more...

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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 >>