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Meet the New Leaders at Three San Diego Charter Public Schools

San Diego welcomed three new charter public school leaders this year at campuses known for their creativity and community engagement. All three leaders spent much of their careers in traditional public schools, later turning to charter public...

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What is Learning Loss—and how has it Impacted Students?

For months now, there’s been an ongoing and intense debate about whether learning loss is real for students. Make no mistake: it is.

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Charter Schools Leave Their Mark in New U.S. News Best Schools Rankings

U.S. News and World Report recently launched its Best Schools rankings for elementary and middle schools across the country. And while the rankings are new, here’s what’s not: California’s charter public schools leaving their mark.

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Getting Involved: Latino Parents at Three San Diego Charter Schools Share Their Journeys

According to most educators, parent engagement is a shared responsibility in which schools and other community agencies and organizations are committed to reaching parents in meaningful ways, while parents are committed to actively supporting their...

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ICEF Public Schools Offers Mobile Vaccination Clinics For Community

Charter schools have consistently provided access to crucial non-academic resources throughout the pandemic, supporting community outcomes with a “whole child” approach. At Inner City Education Foundation (ICEF) Public Schools, one aspect of this is...

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No Longer Destined for Farm Work: How CTEC is Changing the Lives of Latino Students

Seventeen-year-old Angelica Sandez loves everything about NASA – and it shows! She’s often wearing NASA T-shirts at school. Her smartphone’s home screen displays the NASA logo. Angelica also frequently shares her dream of becoming a NASA engineer.

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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 >>