SACRAMENTO, CA  Today the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) announced the launch of a new website as part of a months-long celebration, Charters at 30: Reimagining Public Education. The new website ChartersAt30.org will serve as an interactive hub for the charter community that reflects on 30 years of the charter movement and looks ahead to a bright future for charter public education. 

Charters at 30: Reimagining Public Education will celebrate this anniversary with in-person and virtual events, original storytelling, and more. All will be made available throughout the campaign at ChartersAt30.org, which also highlights key milestones of the charter public school sector. In addition, the website serves as an online community where the public can record and post video testimonials of how charters impacted them individually or their families. The statewide celebration will conclude in September, marking the anniversary of the passage of the 1992 Charter Schools Act.

Website visitors will find:

“This year marks the 30th anniversary of the charter movement with the 1992 passage of the California Charter Schools Act and throughout this year, our campaign will raise awareness of how charter public schools have provided a high-quality public education for millions of students statewide,” said Myrna Castrejón, California Charter Schools Association President and CEO. “The website, ChartersAt30.org, showcases the strength and diversity of the charter public school community and is ready for the next thirty years of charter education that is free, public and open to all.”

CCSA kicked-off Charters at 30: Reimagining Public Education last week, February 23, with an online gathering of state and national charter leaders who have been involved in the charter movement over the past 30 years. The public can watch the video recording of the launch here.

History of Charter Public Schools in California

Thirty years after the enactment of the bipartisan legislation, California’s charter public schools have educated more than eight million students and currently serve nearly 700,000 in every region of the state. Every charter school in California is free, public, and open to all. Students are welcome to attend a charter public school regardless of academic performance, disability, religion, income level, race, sexual orientation, or zip code.

Charter schools are public schools that follow the same requirements as traditional district schools set forth by the state and local education agencies. They are community schools created by educators who have the flexibility to design instructional models that put students first and deliver a high-quality education. The flexibility and adaptability of a charter public school provides educators the freedom from bureaucracy to design an education that can help students succeed in college, career, and life.

California’s 1,300 charter public schools are non-profit and offer parents more opportunities at a high-quality public education that meets the unique needs of their child. Not all children learn the same and charter public schools offer parents a choice in their child’s education that can help the student succeed.

Parents choose charter public schools to provide their children additional support in certain subjects or to help keep them engaged and challenged. Charter public schools also offer parents options to learn at home. A charter public school may also focus on specialized learning like a magnet school, but it will not set prerequisites or require testing.

Charter public schools by the numbers

In the 2020-21 academic year, there were 1,294 charter public schools serving 690,455 students. The Charter public school student population consists of students who are:

According to CCSA’s 2021 annual survey, more than three in four voters believe that parents have the right to choose a charter school if they think it is better for their child than the local district school. Parents support charter schools by a wide margin (56% to 21%) and 60% of parents surveyed said they would consider sending their child to a charter public school.

For updates on the 30th Anniversary Campaign or for interviews with educators and students please contact press@ccsa.org.

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