Exciting New Tools for Legislative Advocacy

August 31 is the final deadline for California legislation to pass or fail in the 2021-22 session. If a bill passes the legislature, it will land on the governor’s desk and its fate will be determined there. The outcome of more than 1,600 bills must be decided by state lawmakers this month. Issues related to abortion, guns, COVID, homelessness, crime, and the environment are just a few of the topics that will be discussed, and for charter school supporters, three “charter killer” bills remain on the docket.

For charter school governing board members, this is an important opportunity for you to get involved – even if you have already participated in an advocacy campaign on these bills. At CSDC, we learned that the charter community must act en masse to make our voices loud enough to generate a response from legislators. This effort takes everyone – charter school administrators, charter school board members, and all those who support the work of charter schools.

A poll released by UC Berkeley earlier this year found that “Californians’ opinions of their [traditional] local public schools have declined significantly over the past decade.” Further, public school “(e)nrollment is down from 6,002,523 in 2020–21 to 5,892,240 in 2021–22, a decrease of more than...

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