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For Immediate Release:2014-02-19
Press Contact: Tracy Young
phone: 512.584.8272
email: tyoung@txcharterschools.org

Sen. Donna Campbell visits KIPP Aspire San Antonio

Receives Charter Appreciation Award

(San Antonio, Texas) Today, Texas State Senator Donna Campbell (District 25) visited KIPP Aspire in San Antonio. Mark Larson, KIPP San Antonio superintendent, and Amanda List, TCSA director of advocacy, presented Sen. Campbell with the Texas Charter Schools Association Charter Appreciation Award, in recognition of her support for Senate Bill 2 and efforts on the Senate Education committee on behalf of students during the 83rd Legislature. A KIPPster led Sen. Campbell on a tour of KIPP Aspire, and she took questions from students in an 8th grade social studies class.

        "Texas public charter school students and families appreciate Sen. Campbell for her hard work during legislative session," said TCSA Executive Director David Dunn. "She has been a great public education advocate, and we are grateful for her support for strong options for parents and students."

During the 83rd Texas Legislature, Senator Donna Campbell coauthored Senate Bill 2, the most significant piece of charter legislation since 1995. The public charter school bill strengthens and supports effective charter schools and raises the arbitrary cap on public charter schools. The lifting of the cap and streamlined renewal and replication for public charter schools will continue to allow charters to grow to meet the demand, and to improve the education of students in Texas. The Texas Charter Schools Association appreciates the continued efforts of Sen. Campbell on behalf of the students, parents and families in our Texas public charter schools.

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Public charter schools are tuition-free, open-enrollment public schools that have the flexibility to adapt to the educational needs of individual students while still held to state academic and financial accountability standards. In total, there are more than 178,000 students in over 550 open-enrollment charter campuses (2013 AskTED) with nearly 101,000 students on waiting lists across Texas (2013 survey). Charter students represent close to 4% of the public school population in Texas.
Visit www.txcharterschools.org for more info.