SACRAMENTO, CA  On Wednesday, February 23 at 5:30 pm PT, the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) will host an online gathering of friends and former colleagues of the late state senator Gary K. Hart, celebrating a legacy that has benefitted more than eight million K-12 public students by creating new public education options for parents across California.

“Thirty years ago, Senator Hart forever changed our state’s public education system by authoring and passing the 1992 Charter Schools Act,” said Myrna Castrejón, California Charter Schools Association President and CEO. “His legislation made California the second state in the nation to establish charter public schools and created a movement that has strengthened public education for generations especially for students in underserved communities.”

CCSA and charter public schools across California will celebrate three decades of the charter public school movement this year with a months-long campaign: Charters at 30: Reimagining Public Education. Anniversary events can be found online through a newly created website being launched on Wednesday, Chartersat30.org, that highlights key milestones of the charter sector and will serve as an online community center where the public can also record and post video testimonials of how charters impacted them and their families. The statewide celebration will conclude in September at the anniversary of the passage of the Charter Schools Act.

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