Posted by Steven Levin on February 12, 2016 at 10:59 AM
On February 8, 2016 Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced that a potential ballot measure, the Elimination of Charter Schools Initiative was cleared to begin collecting petition signatures for possible inclusion on the November ballot. This initiative is in the beginning stages, and will need at least 365,880 valid signatures before it can qualify for the ballot. CCSA has been actively tracking the progress of this measure, and at this time we believe the proponents will be hard pressed to find the backing and resources necessary to actually qualify the measure, much less launch a viable campaign for its passage. Nevertheless, we believe that we should be doing all that we can proactively to prepare for any contingency that might arise. The first thing that every supporter of charter schools should do is to join CCSA Advocates.
CCSA has released a statement in response to the filing, which you can read below. In the meantime, we encourage you to make your voices heard. Share your personal experiences and the reasons why you support charter schools. Spread the truth about charters by dispelling common myths put forth in this proposed initiative.
The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) vehemently opposes the Elimination of Charter Schools ballot initiative that is currently circulating that would repeal the laws governing charter schools. We believe that this is an extreme measure that is clearly out of touch with the families of nearly three quarters of a million students in charter schools or on charter school waiting lists, as well as with the strong majority of California voters who are clearly supportive of charter schools. Not only does this measure go against popular public sentiment on charter schools, but, if passed, it would incur a significant cost to taxpayers to implement it and it would close over 1200 charter schools, wreaking havoc on families in virtually every community in California. While we would expect that an irresponsible initiative of this kind will struggle to find any meaningful support in this state, CCSA will remain diligent to provide whatever protection is necessary to make sure that California charter schools keep on stride for creating even more high quality public school options for children and families in the future.