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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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Alumni Series: Granada Hills Grad Takes Center Stage in Business and Dance

This month, CCSA launches the Face of Charter School Success alumni series as part of its yearlong 30th anniversary celebration of charters in California. From now until the end of this year, we'll spotlight the accomplishments of charter school...

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Q&A Series: A Commitment to Roots and Equity

On this final day of Black History Month, we bring you the second-part of a Q&A series called Black Charter School Heroes. CCSA believes the histories, stories, and voices of Black educators should be centered, honored, and uplifted every day –...

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Q&A Series: Leading the Way to Educational Excellence

During the remaining days of Black History Month, we’ll bring you the thoughts and perspectives of influential Black charter public school educators in a two-part Q&A series called Black Charter School Heroes. CCSA believes the histories, stories,...

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How Family and Community Partnerships Keep Mueller Charter School Moving Forward

Despite the highs and lows brought on by the pandemic, Mueller Charter School—with three schools serving students from TK-12 across Chula Vista—has persevered by forging strong partnerships between families and their local communities. “From the...

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#WhateverItTakes: Charter Schools Move with Urgency to Keep Students Safe and in the Classroom

The latest pandemic surge has brought with it another wave of instability for our students’ education. But as we’ve seen throughout previous phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, charter public schools across our state are committing to putting kids...

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San Diego Charter Public School Students' Big Project: Build Tiny Houses

The tiny house movement is growing in California as more people realize the cost of a tiny house – which is between 100 to 400 square feet – is much lower than an average home in the Golden State and leaves a smaller environmental footprint.  One...

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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 >>