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Aspire Public Schools CEO statement in response to the finalization of the California budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                               
August 1, 2022

Contact: Kristin Costa 
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In response to the finalization of the California budget, Aspire Public Schools CEO Mala Batra issued the following statement:

Oakland, Calif. — Through the finalization of the state budget, Governor Newsom and the legislature have agreed to reimburse classroom-based public charter schools with previously withheld funding caused by quarantined-related absences. This victory for students comes after months of educators, leaders and families advocating on behalf of all California public charter school students. 

Each time a public charter school student quarantined for the health and safety of the community, that student lost critical funding for their education. Students and schools lost millions of dollars — all during a time when investment in education and accelerated learning was more necessary than ever. 

We are grateful that Governor Newsom and California legislators solved this urgent education funding issue. Our state leaders have listened to the voices of nearly 30 leaders and over 2,500 parents, educators and community members seeking support.

Because of our collective action, nearly 1,000 public classroom-based charter schools and over 500,000 students will have access to the resources necessary to support student success. 

About Aspire Public Schools
Aspire Public Schools operates 36 community-based public charter schools educating over 15,500 students in underserved communities across California. Founded in 1998, Aspire is one of the nation’s largest open-enrollment public charter school systems serving predominantly students of color from low-income communities. Delivering a rigorous education to students in grades TK-12, College for Certain is the focus for every age group. Teachers and families partner closely to ensure scholars are prepared to succeed in college, career and life. Currently in its 21st academic year, Aspire is one of the nation’s first charter school systems. Learn more about Aspire Public Schools at aspirepublicschools.org.