History and Mission

The Charter Schools Development Center (CSDC) was founded shortly after the passage of the Charter Schools Act of 1992. CSDC’s Executive Director and Founder, Eric Premack, was a leading force in the national charter school movement, and helped draft California’s charter school law, funding system and policies. CSDC continues to play an influential role in the California charter arena, providing renowned leadership trainings, critical and timely information updates, and continual advocacy support on behalf of all California charter schools.


We aim to help public education change from a highly regulated, process-based system to one that allows and encourages schools to be more creative, performance-based centers of effective teaching and learning. We aim to achieve this by providing technical assistance to the charter school reform movement in California, nationally, and internationally.

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