Advocate for Charter Law Reform

The California laws, including Prop 39, that enable charter schools to open without a local vote in communities that do not want them must be reformed. We strongly encourage all citizens to become meaningfully educated on the topic, and involved in the quickly growing grass roots movement to demand charter reform. We must insist that our state officials begin implementing the wishes of the people, not of the lobbyists.  

What to ask? 

  1. Fight to increase state-wide funding for public education. CA is ranked 41st in the nation for per-pupil funding and 45th for student-teacher ratio (link). We can do better.
  2. Support local, democratically-elected control. Shut down the current appeals process to county and state boards (link), and give district boards the final say on charter petitions.
  3. Require taxpayer-funded charters follow all public accountability and transparency laws (link).
  4. Support the NAACP moratorium on charter school expansion (link).

Advocacy Contacts

NamePositionTelephoneEmail
Tom TorlaksonState Superintendent of Public Instruction(916) 319-0800Superintendent@cde.ca.gov
Cindy ChanDirector, Charter Schools Division(916) 322-6029CChan@cde.ca.gov
SBE Trustee bodyState Board of Education members SBE@cde.ca.gov
Mike McGuireCalifornia State Senator, District 2 (916) 651-4002 senator.mcguire@senate.ca.gov
Carol MillsAide to Mike McGuire(916) 651-4002 senator.mcguire@senate.ca.gov
Mary Jane BurkeMarin County Superintendent of Schools(415) 499-5801mjburke@marinschools.org
Katie RiceCounty Supervisor(415) 473-7331krice@marincounty.org
Mark LevineAssembly Member(916) 319-2010 Click here
Buck EllingsonLegislative Aide assisting Levine with K-12 education Buck.Ellingson@asm.ca.gov
Jared HuffmanUS Congressman(415) 258-9657Click here
Kamala HarrisSenator(202) 224-3553Click here
Diane FeinsteinSenator(202) 224-3841Click here
Gavin NewsomLieutenant Governor(916) 445-8994gavin@gavinnewsom.com;
 

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