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Public Core is an organization of West Contra Costa County parents, teachers, community members, and school staff who fight for public control and accountability in our schools. We believe that public schools, open to all, are essential to the health of a democratic society. Our goal is high quality, inclusive public education for all students. We believe that the proliferation of privately-operated schools using public money will increase inequalities in education and in our society. We are dedicated to informing the public about the impact of publicly-funded, privately operated schools on our community.

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California Charter Schools Association

A statewide lobbying organization that promotes expansion and proliferation of charter schools.
In 2011, they received a $15M gift from the Walton Family Foundation for the stated goal to add 20,000 more charter school students in Los Angeles and 100,000 statewide. They receive general operating support from the Gates Foundation ($800K annually) and other major foundations. They have offices in Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Oakland.

See the following for the kind of work they do:

In WCCUSD, this meant filing a lawsuit to get access to parcel tax funds for the schools operated by their members. WCCUSD reportedly settled the suit because the CCSA threatened to run a campaign opposing the renewal of the parcel tax if their member schools weren’t allowed a cut. See:

One important thing to note is that not all charter schools in WCCUSD are members of the CCSA. See our list of charter schools in the district for this information.