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Sept 1992SB 1448
Charter Schools Act.

Thirty years ago, in the fall of 1992, history was made in California when Governor Pete Wilson signed SB 1448, better known as the Charter Schools Act.

In September 1992, Governor Pete Wilson signed the Charter Schools Act (SB 1448), authored by state Senator Gary K. Hart. SB 1448 gave charter schools and their supporters--parents, teachers, leaders, and educators--more autonomy and flexibility to build good schools.

199448,000
48,000

48,000 students enrolled in CA charter schools

1994San Carlos
San Carlos Charter Learning Center

San Carlos Charter Learning Center opens, making it the first charter school in California and second in the nation overall. 

1995 102,720
102,720

102,720 students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools

1996 165,101
165,101

165,101 students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools

1997 236,215
236,215

236,215 students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools

1998 317,285
317,285

317,285 students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools

1999 409,705
409,705

409,705 students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools

Dec 1999George W. Bush
A quote from George W. Bush

Then-Governor George W. Bush: "Charter schools encourage educational entrepreneurs to try innovative methods. They break up the monopoly of one-size-fits-all education. These diverse, creative schools are proof that parents from all walks of life are willing to challenge the status quo if it means a better education for their children. More competition and more choices for parents and students will raise the bar for everyone."

2000 515,064
515,064

515,064 students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools

May 2000Bill Clinton
A Quote from Bill Clinton

President Clinton: "The idea behind charter schools is that not all kids are the same. They have different needs, they have different environments. But there is a certain common level of education that all kids need, no matter how different they are. And that it would be a good thing to allow schools to be developed which had a clear mission, which could reach out to kids who wanted to be a part of that mission and who could achieve educational excellence for children who otherwise might be left behind -- or, to use Tom's phrase, might fall through the cracks."

2001 635,173
635,173

635,173 students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools

2002 772,097
772,097

772,097 students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools

2003 929,097
929,097

929,097 students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools

1 Million
20041 Million
Over 1 million estimated students

1,099,148 students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools

Jan 2004Governor Schwarzenegger
Governor Schwarzenegger's Roadmap

In his State of the State address, Governor Schwarzenegger established a bold roadmap for the future of public education, committing to the goals of expanding charter and career technical schools, providing funding flexibility to public schools, and ensuring that every classroom has an effective teacher and every school has an effective principal so that all students in California graduate prepared for college and career success.

June 2004Schwarzenegger's Grant
Schwarzenegger's $75M Grant

In his State of the State address, Governor Schwarzenegger established a bold roadmap for the future of public education, committing to the goals of expanding charter and career technical schools, providing funding flexibility to public schools, and ensuring that every classroom has an effective teacher and every school has an effective principal so that all students in California graduate prepared for college and career success.

http://schwarzenegger.usc.edu/policy-areas/education

http://www.schwarzenegger.com/issues/milestone/investing-in-californias-students

2005 1,291,847
1,291,847

1,291,847 students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools

July 2005$28.5 Million
$28.5 Million for Charter Schools

The Governor’s 2005 budget provided the largest amount of funding ever for charter school facility needs—$28.5 million. The budget also established a new federal Charter Schools Facilities Incentive Grants program, administered by the California School Financing Authority, to provide an additional $19.5 million to both support the construction of new facilities and lease payments on existing facilities.

2006 1,506,810
1,506,810

1,506,810 students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools

2007 1,731,370
1,731,370

1,731,370 students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools

2008 1,983,040
1,983,040

1,983,040 students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools

2 Million
20092 Million
Over 2 Million Estimated Students

2,268,110  students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools

2010 2,584,668
2,584,668

2,584,668 students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools

Jan 2010Waiting for Superman
Waiting for Superman premiere
"Waiting for Superman" first screens at Sundance. "Daisy" story highlights a dire set of obstacles for her dreams of attending college, and KIPP LA Prep is shown as a great resource.
Sept 2010$1 Million for Charter Schools
Oprah Donates $1 Million

"Oprah is giving $1 million awards to six organizations, including Aspire, which operates about 30 publicly funded, privately run charter schools in California, including seven in Oakland and Berkeley. Kids and teachers at Lionel Wilson College Prep, an Aspire middle and high school in East Oakland, are watching the pretaped show at the school this afternoon.

In “Waiting for Superman,” Guggenheim makes the argument that those failures perpetuate societal ills, from national security and crime to poverty, and that it’s essential to “change the odds” for families who can’t afford private educations. He said the idea for the film stemmed from the guilt he felt while driving by his neighborhood school in Los Angeles while dropping his kids off to private schools."

2011 2,948,941
2,948,941

2,948,941 students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools

3 Million
2012 3,362,917
3,362,917

3,362,917 students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools

Feb 2012Rally for Charter Schools
Rally for Charter Schools

On February 4, 2012, more than 5,000 parents from more than 100 schools rallied at Exposition Park to demand high-quality public schools in every community and fair funding and facilities for all public school students. This video features the remarks made at the rally by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

May 2012Barack Obama
A Quote from Barack Obama

Democratic President Obama: "Whether created by parents and teachers or community and civic leaders, charter schools serve as incubators of innovation in neighborhoods across our country. These institutions give educators the freedom to cultivate new teaching models and develop creative methods to meet students' needs. This unique flexibility is matched by strong accountability and high standards, so underperforming charter schools can be closed, while those that consistently help students succeed can serve as models of reform for other public schools.

In an economy where knowledge is our most valuable asset, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity -- it is an imperative. Our children only get one chance at an education, and charter schools demonstrate what is possible when States, communities, teachers, parents, and students work together. This week, let us recommit to ensuring all our children receive a high-quality education that expands their horizons, inspires them to develop their talents, and instills in them a sense of possibility for their futures."

Oct 201220th Anniversary
20th Anniversary of Charter Schools
Three events across California celebrating 20th anniversary of charter schools
1,000
20131,000 Schools
Over 1,000 Charter Schools in CA

2012-2013 school year: over 1,000 California charter schools

2013 3,833,842
3,833,842

3,833,842 students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools

4 Million
2014 4,348,444
4,348,444

Over 4 million estimated students cumulatively enrolled in charter schools.

Mar 2014Lisa Leslie
Lisa Leslie Speaks on Charter School

Three-time WNBA MVP and a four-time Olympic gold medal winner Lisa Leslie speaks on charter schools and school choice.

Mar 2014CREDO
Credo Report

Students in independent charter schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District significantly outperform similar students in traditional schools in the district, according to a report released last week by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University. The gains were particularly large for schools serving low-income Hispanic students.

CREDO translated the statistical results of academic achievement between similar district and charter school students, as measured by standard deviations, into additional learning days. Charter school students showed significant gains in reading and math in all grades, but middle school math showed the biggest gain, the equivalent of 122 extra days of learning, about two-thirds of a year. Source: CREDO's "Charter School Performance in Los Angeles Unified."


CREDO translated the statistical results of academic achievement between similar students in Los Angeles Unified district and charter schools, as measured by standard deviations, into additional learning days. Charter school students showed significant gains in reading and math in all grades, but middle school math showed the biggest gain, the equivalent of 158 extra days of learning, nearly a full year. Source: CREDO’s “Charter School Performance in Los Angeles Unified.”

Los Angeles charter schools also far outpace charter schools nationally, according to CREDO, which published an extensive national comparison last year. In Los Angeles, 48 percent of charter schools had significantly larger gains in reading and 44 percent did much better in math than traditional school counterparts, while 13 percent did significantly worse in reading and 22 percent did worse in math. Nationwide, 25 percent of charters did significantly better and 19 percent did significantly worse than similar traditional public schools in reading; in math 29 percent did better but 31 percent of charters did worse.

2015Latinx Students
Latinx Students

2014-2015 school year: Over 50% of California charter students are Latinx

2015 4,893,775
4,893,775

4,893,775 students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools

5 Million
2016 5,466,957
5,466,957

Over 5 million estimated students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools

6 Million
2017 6,070,279
6,070,279

Over 6 million estimated students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools

201810%
10% of Students

2017-2018 school year: Over 10% of public school students enrolled in charter schools

2018 6,699,128
6,699,128

6,699,128 students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools

May 20187 / 10
Seven Out of Top 10 High Schools

Seven of the top 10 high schools are charter public high schools. California charter public high schools represented 20 percent of the rankings' 2,185 best California high schools, demonstrating that California's charter public schools are meeting the needs of students and helping them achieve academic success.

7 Million
2019 7,352,061
7,352,061

Over 7 million estimated students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools

Jan 2019Rally for Charter Schools
Rally for Charter Schools

"Thousands of parents and supporters turned out to show their support for charter schools ahead of Tuesday’s Los Angeles Unified School board meeting Tuesday. Hours before the meeting was set to begin, parents arrived to rally, urging board members to vote against a resolution calling for a moratorium on new charter schools and asking the state to study their impact on L.A. district schools."

202050,000 Students
Autonomous Charter Schools

2019-2020 school year: Over 50,000 students in autonomous charter schools

8 Million
20208 Million
8 Million Students

Over 8 million estimated students cumulatively since 1992

Mar 2020Free Meals
Free Meals

"Nearly 100 Charter Schools Will Provide Free Meals to L.A. Students to Increase Food Security During COVID-19 Pandemic" "The collective effort more than doubles food service resources for public school families city-wide and comes on the heels of mass school closures of charter, district, and private schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19."

Apr 2020Top 10
Top 10

Three of the top ten schools in California are charter public schools.

2021 8,717,890
8,717,890

8,717,890 students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools

20229,407,890
9,407,890

9,407,890 students cumulatively enrolled in CA charter schools