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Hiring and Retaining Teachers of Color is the Key to Black Student Success

As we wrap up our month-long celebration of Black History Month, we believe it’s imperative to focus on one critical factor: Hiring and retaining teachers of color.

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Black History Month: Overcoming Challenges for Black Students in California

How do California public schools overcome systemic barriers and challenges so that Black students get a high-quality, equitable education?

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Black History Month: Wilder’s Prep Continues Legacy of Black Student Achievement in Inglewood

In honor of Black History Month and our “Serving Black Students with Excellence” series, today we’re profiling Wilder’s Preparatory Academy (K-5) and Wilder’s Preparatory Academy Middle (6-8) in Inglewood, California.

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Black History Month: CCSA Celebrates CA Charter Schools Serving Black Students With Excellence

In honor of Black History Month, CCSA is celebrating charter public schools in California that are actively working to boost the performance of Black students, ensuring they make grade-level proficiency and leave school prepared for college and...

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What does your Heritage Mean to You?

National Hispanic Heritage Month began today.

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How are Black students in California doing?

During Black History Month, while we’re celebrating the legacy and accomplishments of Black leaders and pioneers, we’re also focusing on Black students. Specifically, whether our education system is living up to its promise and helping them thrive...

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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 >>