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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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Action Needed Today! Tell Your State Senator to #SupportSB739

On Wednesday, April 26 at 9 AM, CCSA sponsored legislation, SB 739 by Senator Marie Alvarado-Gil will face a major vote in the Senate Education Committee. This crucial legislative proposal would extend the 2021 pandemic protection for charter public...

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From KIPP to College: Helping Charter School Students Thrive After High School

From managing rigorous coursework to making connections with new students, the anticipation of finally attending a college or university can be both nerve-racking and exhilarating – especially if you are the first in your family to graduate high...

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CharterNation Podcast Features Special Guest CA Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber

CCSA’s CharterNation Podcast concludes Women’s History Month with a special episode featuring a one-on-one interview with Dr. Shirley N. Weber, California’s Secretary of State and longtime public education advocate.Dr. Weber’s interview is part the...

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10 Most Memorable Moments at CCSA's Charter Schools Conference

Roughly 2,600 charter school leaders, educators, supporters, and allies converged on the State Capitol last week for the annual CCSA California Charter Schools Conference which offered attendees four incredible days of joy and inspiration that built...

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CCSA Kick-Offs Renewal Relief Advocacy Campaign!

CCSA’s top legislative goal this year is to extend charter renewal relief for an additional two years. 532 charter schools would benefit from this extension, and it is the most urgent concern we are hearing from our members.

CCSA engaged Senator...

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Concrete, Boards & Life-Long Lessons: How this Charter School Program Empowers Girls

A group of 25 girls at Ánimo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School (AMJ) are proving that skateboarding is not just for boys.

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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 >>