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Saint Hope Wins Award for Best Charter School



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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

St. Hope Public School 7 in Sacramento has been named "School of the Year" by the California Charter Schools Association. 

Gladys Mitchell is a parent of three daughters who are going through the St. Hope system. She  accepted the award on the school's behalf  at the Association's annual conference in Sacramento. Mitchell says the school's extra hours and focus on parental involvement are keys to success.  

MITCHELL:  "People have to be educated.  It's not an easy ride.  You do have to work hard.  But the results -if someone can see this is what the end result is, you know, I think you get a little bit more buy-in."

The association held a rally at the state capital to ask for more equitable funding.  Association leaders say charter schools receive $125 dollars less per student per year than traditional schools. 
 
Their data says 75 percent of children who go through a charter school graduate from college.  Half of the students in non-charter schools don't finish high school.   
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