This year's recipients were (left to right):
Tony Fontana, Executive Principal at Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette received the Charter Friend Award for Schools. Tony believes education should be all about getting kids smarter. He's also known for raising up strong instructional leaders in schools.
State Senator Nancy Spence received the Charter Friend Award for Policy. Sen. Spence is a member of the Senate Education committee and was a strong advocate for charter school, particularly during the last legislative session when there were several anti-charter school bills.
Randy DeHoff, Executive Director of the Charter School Institute and also State Board of Education (7th CD), received the award on behalf of the Charter School Institute. The award was the Charter Friend Award for Authorizers.