At 10 am, Pacific Time (1 pm EST), there will be a teleconference discussion of the need for charter school accountability in California. You can listen in.

Will California adopt laws to stop the graft and fraud in the unregulated, unsupervised charter industry? Or will the state keep handing out taxpayers’ money to anyone who wants to open a school and then let them do whatever they want, with no oversight?

California Teachers Association August 31, 2016
1118 10th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
http://www.cta.org

Contacts: Claudia Briggs at (916) 325-1550 or Mike Myslinski at (650) 552-5324

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Parents and Community Groups Call on Gov. Brown to Sign Legislation to Increase Accountability and Transparency at California’s Public Charter Schools

Media Teleconference Panel Thursday to Outline Impact on Students from Charter Fraud, Waste of Taxpayer Funds

SACRAMENTO – A coalition of parents, lawmakers and elected leaders, education leaders and community groups will come together in a media teleconference Thursday to call on Gov. Jerry Brown to support co-sponsored legislation that increases accountability and transparency at California charter schools. Recent news headlines and academic studies have documented the waste, fraud and abuse by privately-managed charter schools, which have cost taxpayers millions while hurting students. CTA and other civil rights groups have sponsored and supported numerous pieces of legislation to ensure equal access for all students.

Teleconference speakers include:

Ø State Treasurer John Chiang to talk about the need for tighter laws to address fraud and waste in California’s public charter schools.

Ø Assembly Member Mike Gipson, author of AB 709, which addresses the need for transparency and accountability and is now on the governor’s desk awaiting action.

Ø Carol Kocivar of the California State Parent Teachers Association will talk about the need for all students to have equal opportunity to attend a charter school.

Ø Dr. George McKenna, Vice President of the LAUSD School Board, to talk about the impact on students in the state’s city where the charter movement is expanding and promises to expand significantly in the coming years.

Ø Anaheim Union High School District Superintendent Mike Matsuda will share experiences from Anaheim and the negative impact on students and communities.

Ø Bob Lawson from In the Public Interest will discuss recent findings showing the public appetite and support for tighter measures to eliminate fraud, waste and discriminatory practices that keep students from accessing non-traditional public schools – charter schools.

Ø Amy Roylance, parent of a student at the Livermore Valley Charter School, who had to withdraw her students on the first day of school this year. The charter is being investigated by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for financial fraud and potential criminal charges.

Ø Victor Leung of the ACLU to discuss their recent report, Unequal Access.

WHAT: National Media Teleconference

WHEN: Thursday, September 1, 2016
10:00 a.m. PST

WHERE: Call 888-500-6951; Enter Conference ID: 7802692

Please dial in 5-10 minutes prior to start time.

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The 325,000-member California Teachers Association is affiliated with the 3 million-member National Education Association.