Posted by Steven Levin on January 22, 2016 at 10:58 AM
The 2016 election cycle is in full swing, with candidates from all political parties at the national, state and local level campaigning and debating a variety of issues, ranging from the economy and foreign policy to immigration and the environment, among others.
With all of the issues Californians will consider in this year’s elections, education remains the top issue, which is why we at CCSA Advocates are calling 2016 “the year of the Education Election.” In both the June primary election and November general election, voters will have a unique opportunity to impact the statewide education debate by electing charter-friendly candidates at the legislative and local levels. In the legislature, where term limits have opened many seats, we have the opportunity to create a legislature that supports school choice and high-performing charter schools. And a whole new crop of education-minded candidates – many of whom are community leaders and parents of charter students – is popping up at the local levels.
These are the very elected officials who vote on the bills and policies affecting our children and make decisions about approving or renewing our charter schools. With all of the races and ballot measures on the ballot, and the high turnout that traditionally comes with presidential elections, it is more critical than ever that our supporters register to vote and make their voices heard.
As the political and advocacy companion to the California Charter Schools Association, CCSA Advocates is committed to building and sustaining a favorable political environment for charter school authorization and operation in California. In the past few years in particular, CCSA Advocates has garnered several key victories across the state in recent elections, thanks in large part to charter families and leaders such as yourselves. Now we are looking to build upon that success in 2016 and beyond.
Stay tuned in the coming months for news and information about political and educational issues in California, key elections, and our endorsed candidates.