Posted by Steven Levin on May 21, 2015 at 10:52 AM
More than 500 people, including many charter school parents and students, represented the charter school movement at CCSA's annual Advocacy Day in Sacramento this week. In one-on-one meetings with legislators, families shared their experiences at charter school and urged legislators to support bills that will help charters thrive, and to oppose efforts to rob charters of their autonomy. Congratulations and thank you to the many charter families who shared their voices inside the halls of the Capitol!
Before attending meetings in the Capitol, participants trained with CCSA staff, reviewed current legislation and learned how to connect their personal stories to priority charter school issues. Additionally, participants heard from inspiring speakers, including Assemblymember Brian Jones (R-71).
More than 100 students attended our first-ever Youth Symposium where they toured the State Capitol, heard remarks from Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-54), the youngest member of the legislature, and interacted with a panel of Capitol Fellows. In addition, students learned about the state budget by taking the interactive California Budget Challenge.
Celebrated during National Charter Schools Week, Advocacy Day was a great opportunity to grow and demonstrate the strength of the movement by connecting the charter community to legislators in Sacramento. Thank you again to everyone who participated!
Remember to keep your legislators informed and engaged by asking them to take action on critical legislation and don’t forget to invite legislators to your school for commencement celebrations.