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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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California Charter School Sports Teams Unite to Claim Victory

The benefits of organized sports in public education are vast, helping students understand the importance of teamwork, leadership skills, patience, discipline, and perseverance.

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Alumni Series: Math And Science College Prep Alumna Takes on Trash & Climate Change

CCSA continues its Face of Charter School Success alumni series as part of its yearlong 30th anniversary celebration of charters in California. This week, we introduce youStephanie Orozco – an environmentally-conscience engineer from the Class of...

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Charter School Students

California's Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population has witnessed remarkable growth over the years. Home to the largest AAPI population in the United States, the state hosts over 6.7 million AAPI individuals, constituting a...

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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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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 >>