Myrna Castrejon

Myrna

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, California's Charter Schools Association

Los Angeles, California

As the senior vice president, government affairs, Myrna leads California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) advocacy, strategy and policy agenda, and provides political and strategic advice to key stakeholders. Myrna has served with CCSA in various key leadership roles since its founding in late 2003, heading the local advocacy, quality, school development, and research and evaluation portfolios.

She worked on the state-funded Urban Education Partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District where she helped to develop eight innovative early education service centers in the most high-need areas of Los Angeles. She served as vice president of School and Family Networks for the Los Angeles Alliance for Student Achievement and the director for family engagement for the Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project.

Myrna spearheaded parent and community engagement efforts at the El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence, a K-16 systemic reform initiative in El Paso, Texas. She served for 10 years at the Southwest Industrial Areas Foundation and its statewide Alliance Schools Initiative to develop parent, teacher and community capacity to transform low-performing schools into high achieving centers for community-wide change. She served as President of the National Board of Parents for Public Schools, a network of twenty-four local organizations that support public education reform.

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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When the Only Real Choice Is Private: My Unlikely Attraction to School Vouchers

I felt that the free education my daughter was getting was just too expensive. I needed to find a school that would start filling her academic gaps while also providing culturally responsive pedagogy.…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
girlatlunch

Public Dollars Should Pay for Public Schools: That’s Why I Support High-Quality Charter Schools and Not Vouchers

We live in a free country and a parent should have the right to opt out of the public school system. But that parent does not have a right to take with them a proportional share of public education dollars any more than a pacifist can extract his share of defense spending. …

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 21, 2017
parentinvolvement

You Want Parents? This Is What It’s Going to Take to Empower Them in the Fight for Better Schools

Parent organizing ain’t easy. Many organizations have tried to organize parents and communities and have failed. We end up yelling at parents, “Parent involvement is…

By Keri Rodriguez Lorenzo

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