Explorations Charter School in Winsted is one of eight public charter schools celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. Explorations serves just under 100 students in grades 9 through 12 that hail from 19 towns across the state.Read more
Without saying a word, Connecticut’s charter school families, students, leaders and educators made their voices heard Tuesday during a “Day of Silence” demonstration held at the State Capitol ahead of the Appropriations Committee hearing.Read more
Common Ground: A Laboratory of Educational Innovation
Charter schools are known for their innovation and uniqueness, and in New Haven, there is one school that truly stands out. Common Ground is a college preparatory, environmentally-focused, public charter high school nestled in West Rock, New Haven. The school boasts a curriculum centered around being good stewards of the planet and educating young adults about environmental justice. Though what stands out most about Common Ground is that the school is built on a community farm that grows more than 10,000 pounds of food every year. The school then shares its harvest with more than 2,500 low-income members of the New Haven community.Read more
On Tuesday, Waterbury's Brass City Charter School community came together to urge lawmakers to reject a harmful proposal to cut $11 million in funding to charter schools, a cut that could prevent Brass City and several other charter schools from adding more grades. At the event, we heard powerful testimony from Lisa Gordon-Green, whose son is in the fourth grade at Brass City. We were so impressed, we wanted to share her full statement with you. Check it out!Read more
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.Read more
In his historic and sweeping decision on Connecticut’s broken school funding system, Judge Thomas Moukawsher announced something we have been shouting from the rooftops for years – many of Connecticut’s kids are not getting the education they deserve and was promised to them under law. They’re languishing. Their rights are being violated. It’s unconstitutional, it’s unfair and finally it seems people have woken up and are taking notice.Read more
Addressing a full house at NECSN’s recent legislative breakfast in Bridgeport, Capital Prep Harbor School student Jermaine Smith spoke from the heart when explaining what his school means to him, saying, “This school changed my life and my future.”
Smith was one of several charter school community members who, along with Bridgeport elected officials, met earlier this month at Achievement First Bridgeport Academy Middle School for a legislative breakfast. It was an opportunity for the community to meet their legislators and express the positive impact charter schools have had on the Park City.
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.Read more
Mientras celebramos el Mes de Herencia Hispana, les pido que piensen en lo que esto realmente significa. Específicamente, quiero que piensen en los miles de latinos jóvenes que ahora están en nuestras escuelas aprendiendo un idioma nuevo, un sistema de educación nuevo y una cultura nueva.Read more
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As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I’m asking you to think about what that actually means. Specifically, I want you to think about the thousands of young Latinos who are in our schools right now, learning a new language, a new educational system, and a new culture.Read more