By Michael Janofsky
In the face of widespread pockets of resistance around the state, the California Charter Schools Association has embarked on a new expansion campaign, aiming to serve 1 million students in charter schools across the state by 2022.
If the goal is reached, it would almost double the 581,100 students now attending state charters, bringing to about 12 percent the number of public school students who would be enrolled in them. Currently, it’s about 9 percent.“We have to stay focused on our core mission of expanding high-quality charter schools as quickly as we can,” Jed Wallace, the association’s president and chief executive officer, said during a break at the group’s 23rd annual conference in Long Beach this week. “We definitely want growth, but we do not want growth if it’s at the expense of quality.”