On June 4, 1996, Governor John Rowland signed the law establishing public charter schools in the state of Connecticut. In doing so, he transformed the lives of tens of thousands of families in our state who, thanks to charters, have had the opportunity to choose a different kind of public school for their child.
There are eight charter schools in Connecticut now celebrating their 20th school year - that's two decades of life-changing education. These schools offer a unique perspective of how far we've come, and how far we have to go to provide more high-quality options to the kids who are still waiting for that chance.
Over the next few months, we'll be sharing some of their stories, highlighting their students' accomplishments, showing what makes them diverse and different, and how their educators are working to make lives better for the families they serve.
Check out the stories below.
The Interdistrict School for Arts and Communications (ISAAC) in New London is one of eight public charter schools in Connecticut celebrating its 20th school year of serving children and changing lives in the process. We caught up with ISAAC Executive Director David Howes to talk about the school’s history, what he sees as its future, and how public charters like ISAAC can play such a critical role in the community.
Jumoke Academy is one of eight Connecticut public charter schools celebrating its 20th school year. The Hartford charter school opened its doors in 1997 and now serves 708 scholars from pre-k to 8th grade. Jumoke operates 3 campuses around the city. Having this option in the city for so long has been paramount to ensuring that families have access to a quality school.