NEWS: CCSA Advocates Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for California Governor

NEWS: CCSA Advocates Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for California Governor

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Monday, March 26, 2018

CCSA Advocates Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for California Governor

The Clear Champion for Kids and Families, Villaraigosa to Accept Endorsement at CCSA’s 25th Annual Conference

San Diego, CA – California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) Advocates today announced its endorsement of Antonio Villaraigosa for California Governor citing his tireless commitment to improving schools for all of California’s kids. Mayor Villaraigosa – who will accept this endorsement tomorrow morning at the 25th Annual Charter Public Schools Conference in San Diego – has an impressive record of championing the needs of kids over bureaucracy and he advocates for a future that provides every family with a path forward. Villaraigosa is dedicated to fighting against poverty statewide and believes that economic security extends to everyone—not just the wealthy.

“We are incredibly proud to endorse Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor,” said Gary Borden, executive director, CCSA Advocates. “Antonio has a strong record of supporting access to high-quality public education for all kids. He stood up for students even when threatened by special interests. He is dedicated to ensuring families have the opportunity to move up the economic ladder and plans to invest in job training programs and increase access to affordable college degrees. From improving education, to creating jobs that provide meaningful work and bolstering modern infrastructure, Antonio is the courageous advocate that California’s future deserves.”

Villaraigosa has never backed down from putting kids first, and that is what the families of California need. As the first Latino Mayor of Los Angeles since 1872, Villaraigosa transformed education, growing the number of high-quality charter public schools and increasing the graduation rates for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) students. Most recently, Villaraigosa publicly committed to ensuring every child has the right to a quality public education when he unveiled The California Students’ Bill of Rights.

“I know first-hand how an education can change a life because it changed mine. I am a high school dropout who had a teacher who would not give up on me, which is why I am committed to making sure that all kids have access to a quality education,” said Antonio Villaraigosa. “I recently announced my California Students’ Bill of Rights because when it comes to education, students must come first. I’m honored to have the endorsement of CCSAA and know that together we can help make sure every student gets a quality education that will put them on the pathway to success.”

If elected, Villaraigosa would be California’s first Latino governor since 1875. Hear directly from him tomorrow, Tuesday, March 27 at 8 a.m. at the 25th Annual California Charter Schools Conference, in the San Diego Convention Center, Ballroom 20. Credentialed media should contact Brittany Parmley for more information on how to attend.

The primary election takes place June 5, 2018. Vote-by-mail begins May 7. The deadline to register to vote is May 21, 2018.

About CCSA Advocates

CCSA Advocates is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the involvement of the charter school community in the political process, creating a pipeline of charter school supporters and activists, electing public officials who support California charter public schools, and growing the political influence of the California charter public school movement. For more information, please visit