Just the Facts, Ma'am: Dispelling the Myths About Charter Schools

Thursday, March 14, 8:15 am–9:30 am
Sacramento Convention Center - 306


Despite over 25 years of charter school education in California, misconceptions about charter schools abound on such topics as district budget impact, admissions practices, transparency, equity, and student achievement. Charter school movement veterans with decades of experience will examine the facts, just the facts, behind common myths and will equip participants with cogent responses that paint the true picture of charter schooling in our state.

Topic: Governance Summit
Additional Audience(s): Board Members, New Charter School Developers, Charter School Leaders
Level: All
Grade Level: Multiple Grade Levels

Presented by

Gary Larson Gary Larson, Larson Communications

Seasoned in storytelling, media relations and crisis management, Gary has for nearly 20 years helped charter schools nationwide tell their positive stories. Gary is considered one of the nation’s leading education reform communications professionals, and advises some of the top reform-minded school leaders on getting their message out. Prior to starting his firm in 2007, Gary previously spent six years leading communications for CCSA, at a time when charters were negatively defined. By shining the spotlight on quality, Gary changed that perception into a positive one, with support for charter schools increasing dramatically and enrollment doubling.

Peter Laub Peter Laub, EdTec, Inc.

Colin Miller Colin Miller, California Charter Schools Association

As a founding staff member of CCSA, Colin has over 20 years of experience in education policy, finance and charter school issues in CA, Colin works to ensure charter schools have a favorable legislative, budget and regulatory environment at the state level through liaison with state agencies, boards and commissions and as a partner with our legislative advocates. Colin also works with Association staff and membership to interpret and implement legislative and regulatory actions of the state and to represent members concerns in Sacramento.

Jennifer Reyes Jennifer Reyes, EdTec Inc.

Jennifer Reyes has extensive experience in teaching, school leadership, and instructional coaching. As part of EdTec’s LCAP 360 Team, she assists schools in developing their Local Control Accountability Plans and processes to align with their missions and visions. She also provides support in reporting and planning for accreditation, developing and reviewing charter petitions, and more. Prior to her arrival at EdTec, she served as a site leader, organization-level leader, and instructional coach with the PUC Schools charter network in Los Angeles, where she developed expertise in school improvement and accountability. She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from UCLA.