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The chief operating officer of the renowned High Tech High system of charter schools based in San Diego will now lead the California Charter Schools Association, which represents charter schools statewide and pushes for well-run charters through staff and board training and school certification.

Jed Wallace has worked as chief operating officer at High Tech High since 2004, according to a California Charter Schools Association press release, and will take on his new job in February. The system of High Tech schools has grown dramatically during his tenure and now includes elementary, middle and high schools across the region that teach children through interactive projects that span academic subjects.

The California Charter Schools Association announcement cites a number of Wallace’s accomplishments, including making High Tech High the first charter organization in California that can certify its own teachers, diversifying its student body, creating its Graduate School of Education, and helping High Tech High gain authorization from the State Board of Education, allowing it to open new campuses across the state without getting additional approval from school districts. He previously worked under former Superintendent Alan Bersin, overseeing the charter schools approved by San Diego Unified.

Here’s an excerpt from the press release:

“During his tenure with High Tech High, Jed was a driving force in our efforts to provide new opportunities to the students in the San Diego community,” said Dr. Larry Rosenstock, Chief Executive Officer of High Tech High. “While there is no equal to Jed, we will work hard to fill his big shoes. This move will ultimately be good for High Tech High and it is great for California’s charter school movement.”

EMILY ALPERT

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