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.
Hosted by Jess and Joe from our Communications team, The Grade is the Northeast Charter Schools Network podcast! Tune in as NECSN staff and guests educate listeners on the origin of charter schools, share advice and tips for schools, and discuss the current happenings and hot topics in the news and in the charter world. Check us out on iTunes!
Episode 7 - ISAAC and Writers Block Ink - Students at the Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication in New London, CT are getting a unique opportunity this summer thanks to a partnership with Writers Block Ink. David Howes from ISAAC and Adriane Jefferson from Writers Block join The Grade to discuss how kids are getting engaged in social issues through the arts.
Episode 1 - The New York State Budget - NECSN Interim NYS Director Andrea Rogers stops by to discuss what the budget means for charter schools.
Episode 2 - Julio Fuentes of Hispanic CREO talks Charter Awareness Day and more! - Julio Fuentes, President and CEO of Hispanic CREO, joins the team to talk Charter Awareness Day in Hartford, the importance of education reform around the nation, parent advocacy and more!
Episode 3 - Charter Schools and Social Media - Jess and Joe discuss how charter schools can get more involved on social media!
Episode 4 - Kyle Reflects - On the latest episode of The Grade, former NECSN CEO Kyle Rosenkrans reflects on his time with us and talks the state of education reform in New York and Connecticut.
Episode 5 - Celebrating 20 Years of CT Charter Schools - We are joined by NECSN CT State Director Jeremiah Grace for a conversation with Alex Johnston of Impact for Education, Liz Cox of Common Ground High School, and Bruce Ravage of Park City Prep Charter School. Relax and enjoy a conversation on the state of Connecticut's charter movement and education reform after two decades.
Episode 6 - Talking NY Charters With Bob Bellafiore - We are joined by New York charter architect Bob Bellafiore to discuss how the charter school law was passed, and gives perspective on how far charters have come as well as where they are headed.