Earlier this week, the Board of Regents took an unprecedented action against charter school growth by denying not one but two charter school applications. The two proposals, one located in rural Truxton and the other in Mount Vernon, were both high-quality and had been fully vetted by the professional staff at the New York State Education Department and recommended for approval. What’s more, they were set to open in areas of our state where families are desperate for educational choice.
So why would the Board deny these applications? We have some theories, plus some suggestions on a path forward.Read more
School may be out, but the work continues for many charter schools throughout New York and Connecticut! These schools are putting in Overtime to beat the summer slide, offering extended school years and programs aimed at keeping students engaged as the temperatures rise. Here’s how Vertus High School in Rochester is changing lives this summer thanks to 3D technology!
Vertus scholars hard at work in the Maker Space!Read more
Racist Remarks by Success Academy Board Chair are Not Reflective of New York's Charter School Community
The charter school movement exists in New York because dedicated and courageous educators, parents and political leaders know it is necessary to forge a new path forward if we are to help every child succeed in the classroom.Read more
School may be out, but the work continues for many charter schools throughout New York and Connecticut! These schools are putting in overtime to beat the summer slide, offering extended school years and programs aimed at keeping students engaged as the temperatures rise. Here's how Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School put in work over the summer to best serve its scholars!
The New York State Education Department recently unveiled the final draft of the state’s accountability plan, as required under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The biggest goal in the new accountability plan is to broaden how school success is measured, reaching beyond test scores and graduation rates. One new accountability indicator the State was considering, evaluating schools on their efforts to teach an integrated, diverse population, was not included in the final state accountability plan but the State has indicated it is continuing to consider how such a measure could be included.Read more
A good, healthy debate on education is highly valuable and worth the work. The more people discuss and learn about different school models, curricula, instructional methods, and other aspects that can help children succeed, the better off society will be.
For Rochester, the conversation is particularly important. Fixing the school system is paramount to ensuring the city has a bright future and can continue its long record as a cradle of innovation.Read more
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) recently released an update to its model charter school law, a set of policy recommendations for states without a charter school law, or one in need of improvement. First published in 2009, the 2016 version proposes a number of new policies and approaches to legislating charters in light of seven-plus years of evidence and growth. You can read the model law here.Read more
A recent study conducted by researchers at NYU examined student perceptions of teachers, breaking the results down by the teachers' race. I'm fascinated by a review of the data published by WNYC.
It turns out all students, from every racial background, rated Latino and Black teachers more highly than white teachers. Of course, this does not diminish the contribution of white teachers, but it does offer a great deal to the conversations that many charter schools are having about how to diversify their classrooms.Read more
Two years ago, five brave families from Western New York made history, fighting for their children and for tens of thousands of children just like them across New York State who are being treated unfairly and unconscionably.Read more
As the fight for economic and educational justice continues, an important lawsuit on equitable funding for charter-school students is moving through New York’s courts and faces a critical moment.
The case is being heard upstate but its outcome will affect every charter-school student in Harlem, Brooklyn, The Bronx and across the state.Read more