In 1992, California became the second state in the nation to pass legislation authorizing the creation of charter schools. Since the law’s passage, which originally authorized 100 charter schools, the number of charter schools in California has grown rapidly. Today, California is home to the largest number of charter schools in the country, with over 1100 schools providing instruction to over half a million students. In the 2013-14 school year, California charter schools received more than $3 billion in public funding.
No matter which way we look at it, 2016 was a big year that marked a turning point for our nation and for ACCE Institute. We spent the year fighting and winning major victories for California’s low wage workers, tenants, homeowners, and undocumented residents.
Reflecting on our 2016 victories and challenges gives us both hope and a renewed fire to fight hatred and divisions that we will carry into our 2017 work. We invite you to reflect with us on our 2016 victories to start building the vision for what is achievable in 2017.
2015 was a year to both go deeper on our traditional issue fights as well take on issues we hadn’t engaged in before. The pages of this report give a snap shot of what that commitment to racial and economic justice has produced just one year after we rolled out our new framework. We are thrilled to share with you organizing efforts and wins from San Diego to Sacramento and everywhere in between. We have seen victories in the areas of tenant protections, increased worker pay and protections, community infrastructure improvements, and more. None of those wins would have been possible were it not for the unceasing drive of the community members we serve. Their brave faces are proudly displayed throughout the proceeding pages. To those community members and the thousands of others we worked with in 2015, these victories are for you.
Read the full 2015 Annual Report here.
Throughout this report you will read about exciting leadership development programs, broad coalitions, impactful policy innovations, new messaging strategies that reframe the public debate on everything from budget battles to the housing crisis to the intersection of racial and economic injustices, and community mobilizations into the streets as well as to the ballot box!
Read the full 2014 Annual Report here.