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
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