Dede Alpert, Former Assembly Woman and State Senator
Ben Boyce, Manager of Public Affairs at Southwest Strategies
Lisa Corr, Partner, Young Minney and Corr, LLP
Rod Dammeyer, Chairman, CAC; Board Member, Ca. Charter Schools Ass. & High Tech High
Tom Davis, Director of Events and Corporate Sponsorships, CALSA
Jon Dean, Chief Information Officer, Summit Public Schools
Dr. Donna Elder, Dept. Chair of Educational Leadership and Teacher Education, National U.
Kerry Flanagan, Cheif of Staff, California Charter Schools Association
Stanley V. Heyman, President, Heyman & Associates
Ben Hueso, State Senator
Heather Lattimer, Associate Dean, USD School of Leadership & Education Sciences
Diane Levitt, Director of K-12 Education, Cornell
Chet Pipkin, Founder, President and CEO of Belkin International
Dr. Robert Schwartz, Senior Advisor, New Teacher Center
Rebecca Tomasini, Founder and CEO, The Alvo Institute
Tom Torlakson, Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of California
Jed Wallace, President and Chief Executive Officer, California Charter Schools Association
Dr. Matthew Wunder, Chief Executive Officer, Da Vinci Schools
Mark Wyland, State Senator
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Charter schools are free public schools created by educators and communities, and run by a Board of Directors. These schools give families alternatives to the traditional public school system. Charters are held to a higher level of accountability than traditional public schools, in exchange for instructional autonomy. Charters must meet and exceed district and state expectations in order to remain operational. Many of California’s 1200+ charter schools are out-performing the traditional public schools in their areas. You can learn more at www.calcharters.org.