Thirty years ago, the charter movement gave parents a new opportunity to get involved in public education. The flexibility afforded charter public schools meant that schools were now able to benefit from the meaningful and unique contributions offered by parents.
Parent involvement is an enduring hallmark of the charter movement. Over the last 30 years, dedicated parents have played many integral roles in the development and flourishing of school communities. As we face one of the most pivotal and unprecedented periods in public education, the power of parents to make a lasting difference on behalf of their children and communities is worthy of honoring.
This month, we are celebrating charter school parents who are difference makers, bringing a spirit of “shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart” to communities across the country. Their leadership, commitment and kindness can change a school culture, mobilize a community and inspire us all.As a parent and later a charter school board member, Angel Cortez helped shape the MESA school community. Angel says that “the importance of MESA to my family cannot be measured.” Rest assured, the school feels the same way about him. Read his story: