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
It's back to school week and for some of our charter schools, it’s also the start of the year in a new school building. Booker T. Washington Academy (BTWA) in New Haven is one of the newest charter schools in Connecticut. It opened in 2014 amid a host of challenges many new charters face, including finding a permanent home. The school has a new place to call home now in the former New Haven Academy building on State Street.Read more
I recently witnessed a miracle.
I was in a performing arts hall in the center of downtown Hartford, Connecticut earlier this summer and I watched an entire graduating class of seniors – made up entirely of students of color – walk across a stage, tell the story of their high school experience, and hold up a t-shirt of the college or university they’ll be attending this fall.
That’s right – the entire graduating class of Achievement First Hartford High is going to college.Read more
When the 2016-17 school year starts, New Beginnings Family Academy (NBFA) will be Connecticut’s first progressive school, employing emotionally responsive practice. We have been working for a year to prepare for this, and along the way we’ve had a lot of questions on what it means to be a progressive school.Read more
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.
There are tons of great charter schools in New York and Connecticut going above and beyond for their students. This means staving off the summer slide, either with an extended year or a robust program to keep their students engaged in these summer months. New Beginnings Family Academy is using its Summer Boost Academy to help students make big gains between school years.
New Beginnings Family Academy (NBFA) educators realize that their students benefit from an extended school year, and that’s why they offer their Summer Boost Academy for two weeks in August. It’s not required, but it is highly recommended and it’s free for students to attend. Forty percent of students in grades 1-8 do, and Academic Dean Valore Turner says the results and benefits are immense.Read more