SOURCE: California Charter Schools Association

March 27, 2007 17:43 ET

Brian Bennett Recognized for Outstanding Contribution to Charter School Movement

Honoree Has Developed Numerous Charters, Assuring Choice for Thousands of Students

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 27, 2007 -- The California Charter Schools Association today recognized Brian Bennett for his "Outstanding Contribution to the California Charter Schools Movement of the Year" as part of the annual Hart Vision Awards. Bennett was presented with the award at this year's 14th Annual California Charter Schools Conference in San Diego.

"Brian Bennett has been a pioneer of a movement that is providing high-quality public school choices for thousands of students and families across California," said Caprice Young, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association. "Brian's commitment to public school choice is unwavering and is valued in all of the communities he has touched."

Bennett has contributed over 10 years to the charter public school movement. He spent five years developing numerous charter schools throughout the state, including Promise Charter School, Barona Indian Charter School, Five Keys Charter School-San Francisco Sheriff's Department, Inglewood Preparatory Academy Charter School, MAAC Community Charter School and Ridgecrest Charter School.

Working within San Diego Unified School District as its first Director of the Office of School Choice, Bennett spent over two years overseeing and supporting 24 operating charter schools that served more than 10,000 students. He played an instrumental role in guiding three district schools to reconstitute as charter schools.

"Educational leaders must provide our students with choice, allowing them to find the most appropriate school available for their educational needs," said Bennett. "Charter schools have allowed California's parents and students to make new, more successful communities based on core principles while continuing to receive the support from the school district."

Bennett currently serves as Western Regional Director for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, providing policy direction, technical assistance, ongoing training and support to charter school authorizers throughout the state.

The Hart Vision Awards were created in honor of retired California Senator and former California Secretary of Education Gary Hart. During his tenure as state legislator, Hart was the author of California's charter school legislation. For this reason, the California Charter Schools Association honors his legacy by presenting annual awards to charter educators for their contributions to educational reform and improved student achievement. Since 1995, the Association has presented more than 40 Hart Vision Awards.

About the California Charter Schools Association

The California Charter Schools Association is California's premier charter school membership organization and is the public voice for California's 618 charter schools that currently serve 220,000 students. The Association's mission is to improve student achievement by strengthening and expanding high-quality charter schools public throughout California.

Contact Information

    Gary Larson
    Vice President of Communications
    California Charter Schools Association
    (415) 722-0127