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Celebrating Powerful Advocates in Sacramento

Last weekend, we had the opportunity to thank advocates in Sacramento for their incredible and influential efforts during the Stand for All Students campaign. Our “Season of Thanks” event welcomed over 60 advocates—spanning generations and backgrounds--to our Sacramento office to celebrate how their voices led to dramatic changes in AB 1505 and 1507. By speaking out for months, these charter school champions put intense pressure on lawmakers in Sacramento, secured important protections in the bills, and ultimately ensured that quality charter public schools are here to stay in California. A highlight of the event was the Grassroots Awards ceremony, which honored stand-out advocates Janesse “Dolly” Hunt, Jamani Jenkins, and Tak Allen Pearson. These three consistently raised their voices during some of the most critical moments of the SFAS campaign. As the awards ceremony got underway, Pearson and Hunt spoke about the power of advocacy and the positive impact of charter public schools on our education system.   “Advocacy is something that everyone is capable of. You just have to find that inner strength,” Pearson said. Hunt remarked about how attending a charter school opened the doors of opportunity for her. “Education can shape and change the avenues of your life,” she said. With the ceremony winding to a close, Hunt issued an important reminder to CharterNation about the work still to be done to ensure greater educational equity in our state. “I know that this fight is not over. I will continue to fight for education. I will continue to fight on behalf of Black and Brown students, our impoverished families, for the right to choose a quality charter school education.”
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Black Charter Families and Advocates to Assemblyman McCarty and CTA: Kill Your Extreme Bills!

On Monday, Black charter public school families and advocates from across the state delivered a simple message at the doorstep of Assemblyman Kevin McCarty’s Sacramento office: kill your CTA-backed bill that puts a cap on quality charter public schools in California. 
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#Stand4All Students Rally: One Week Later

It’s hard to believe that a week has come and gone since the #Stand4All Students Rally! Whether you were there in person, watching on social media, or missed it, we’d encourage you to read this great recap from EdSource. Below are our favorite quotes from the story that capture the spirt of the day and the fight ahead. 
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Following Stand For All Students Rally, Californians Are Ready to Put Kids First

First, we have to say: CharterNation, you are incredible! Over 7,000 students, parents, teachers and educators traveled from as far north as Chico and far south as Los Angeles to make their voices heard in Sacramento during last Wednesday’s #Stand4All Students Rally. It was so inspiring, and we have no doubt that legislators heard you loud and clear.
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Los Angeles Parents Seek Unity & Solutions at One City, All Kids Summit

For much of 2019, the conversation around public education in Los Angeles has been divisive. In a post-strike world, many L.A. parents are ready for unity and solutions. Last weekend, they had a chance to pursue both during the One City, All Kids summit put on by Great Public Schools Now, a nonprofit organization committed to increasing the number of quality public schools in high need neighborhoods. 
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What Charter Parents Need To Know About The LAUSD Board District 5 Race

A primary election to fill the vacant seat will take place on Tuesday, March 5 for voters residing in Los Angeles Unified’s Board District 5, which includes neighborhoods in Northeast and Southeast Los Angeles.
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