Posted by Steven Levin on May 12, 2016 at 3:30 PM
On May 3, more than 450 charter school supporters, including school leaders, parents and students, represented the charter school movement at CCSA's annual Advocacy Day in Sacramento. In one-on-one meetings with legislators, families shared their experiences at charter school and urged legislators to support policy that will help charters thrive. 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 policy and budget proposals and learned how to connect their personal stories to priority charter school issues. Additionally, participants heard from inspiring speakers, including President Pro Tem Kevin DeLeon (D-24), Majority Leader Chad Mayes (R-42) and Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-45).
More than 120 students attended the Youth Symposium. Students toured the State Capitol, participated in a 'There Oughta Be a Law' activity, interacted with a panel of Capitol Fellows, and heard remarks from Sacramento City Councilmember Eric Guerra and Sacramento City Unified School Board Member Jay Hansen.
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.
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.