Posted by Steven Levin on December 02, 2015 at 11:53 AM
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - Today’s L.A. Times includes a story by Howard Blume that seeks to criticize the financial reporting practices of CCSA Advocates, the political sister organization of the California Charter Schools Association. This article is sadly misleading and disappointing. Unfortunately, the Times has decided to turn common and fully legal electoral practice into “gotcha" politics. Articles like this one do not reflect the reality of our compliance practices and they completely ignore the larger mission of CCSA Advocates, which is to build political will for positive changes in the public education system that will help all students succeed.
CCSA Advocates has worked closely with the Times and its staff, including reporter Howard Blume, to ensure they have full knowledge of our contributions. We have directed them to all public reporting of the contributions that we have received. We are very proud of our compliance and transparency record. The Fair Political Practices Commission and our independent auditors have consistently found our reporting to be fully compliant.
Our donors are longtime education reformers who want nothing more than to see children receive better educational opportunities. They, and we, are certainly accustomed to having that support be public. We have never tried to shield anyone from anything. Furthermore, we believe readers are more interested in examining the quality of the Los Angeles public education system along with the creative ideas and educational models, such as charter schools, that are delivering much-needed results and have the power to transform the system.