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#ChartersGiveBack: SoCal Charter Schools Serve Up Meals & Virtual Athletics to Support Students

For the final entry in our #ChartersGiveBack series, we are highlighting three different charter school networks in Southern California and their stand-out efforts to meet the physical and emotional needs of students during the pandemic.

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What Will Engage Inner-city Fresno Students? A Charter Zoo School

Visiting a zoo is at the top of many children’s to-do lists.

But many low-income kids never get to experience the wonder of seeing exotic animals at the zoo and learning about their natural habitats.

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CCSA Launches #ChartersGiveBack Series that Highlights Charters as Pillars of their Communities

As coronavirus cases continue to surge during the holiday season, it is more evident than ever that charters have stepped up during this time of crisis, helping not only their students but also their families by providing everything from free bags...

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CharterNation: Your Vote Can Make a Big Difference Up & Down the Ballot

Election Day is less than a month away! This election represents yet another opportunity for California’s charter public school parents, educators, and yes, students, to demonstrate the power of their collective voices at the ballot box.

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Survey: Parents Give High Marks to Charter School Sector’s Response to COVID-19

The annual EducationNext survey was released last week and it focuses heavily on what families from traditional district schools, charter public schools, and private schools experienced following COVID-19 closures.

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#GraduateTogether Recap: Parents Praise Students & Lebron’s Important Reminder

This past Saturday, NBA superstar Lebron James teamed up with former President Barack Obama, the XQ Institute, and a long list of celebrities to virtually honor seniors who were sadly robbed of their in-person ceremony due to COVID-19.

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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 >>