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How America's Finest Charter School Made its Campus "COVID Safe"

Students and their families are once again wondering how schools will be "COVID safe" when in-person instruction begins next month for the 2021-22 academic year, especially since the number of infections are once again on the rise due to the Delta...

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BayTech Charter Helps Students Bond Before In-Person Instruction

High school senior Diego Perez has a natural green thumb. So when his teachers at Bay Area Technology School in East Oakland invited him to plant a school garden as part of a summer learning project, he quickly rolled up his sleeves and got to work.

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What Does California's Historic State Budget Mean for Charter Public Schools?

While no state budget is ever perfect, there is a lot to celebrate in California's recently passed 2021-2022 spending plan. The final budget package reflects total state spending of $262.6 billion and provides a record $93.7 billion in Proposition...

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Welcoming Schools Program Trains Educators to Create LGBTQ and Gender-Inclusive Classrooms

CCSA is keeping a sustained focus on how charter public schools can teach students about LGBTQ history and topics to foster equity and belonging on their campuses throughout the year.

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Class of 2021: Springs Charter School Senior Spotlights

Class of 2021 at Springs Charter is a shining example of the #SpringsNation! Watch these San Diego area students share their experiences and future plans in these senior spotlights. 

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Class of 2021: Summit Shasta's Joseph Hernandez Is Harvard-Bound

While many seniors have halted their college plans in response to COVID-19, one charter public high school student found inspiration from the crisis.

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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 >>