The second annual Charter Awareness Day in Hartford was a great success! Nearly all of Connecticut’s public charter schools were represented, and parents, students, and educators had a chance to share their stories and experiences with law and policy makers.
You can read our full recap of the event on Extra Credit now!
The schools celebrated the diversity of the movement and were joined by nationally-recognized Hispanic education reform leader, Julio Fuentes, President and CEO of Hispanic CREO (the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options).
Before the event Julio joined The Grade, our amazing podcast, to talk about about the importance of education reform around the nation, parent advocacy and more. Listen now!
U.S. News & World Report released their Best High Schools rankings, and there was some nice news in there for New York and Connecticut charter schools!
Amistad Academy in New Haven was ranked as the third best high school in all of Connecticut. In New York, KIPP Academy Charter School was ranked as the second best high school in the state, and the 17th ranked high school nationwide! Congratulations to these stellar schools.Read more
This Thursday in Hartford, CT we are hosting our second annual Charter Awareness Day at the Capitol! Throughout the day, educators, parents, and students will be sharing the work of their schools with lawmakers. We will also present two parents and two school leaders with the second annual Torchbearer Awards!
And we are happy to announce Julio Fuentes, President and CEO of Hispanic CREO, will be joining us for the day!
If you can't be there in person, don't worry - we'll be streaming live on Periscope and Facebook!
This past weekend in Buffalo, we held a Charter School Community Day. We had a lot of fun helping bring the charter community together, and it even got some local news coverage! Time Warner Cable News and WKBW came out to cover the event!
When you're done watching those clips, head on over to Facebook to see more pictures from the day.Read more
Last week was exciting. Budget developments in Connecticut, the launch of our podcast, a lot was happening all around. Here is what we have had our eyes on...
The Appropriations Committee proposed cutting $1.7 million from Connecticut charter schools. NECSN CT State Director Jeremiah Grace responded to the cuts saying:
"The state’s well-regarded charter school educators cannot continue to produce strong results and meet the demand of rapidly growing waitlists if the state doesn’t fix its broken system for funding all public schools—charter, district or otherwise. Even in a budget crisis, the fact remains that the state’s economic future will depend how well we prepare our children to succeed."
Did you know there are more than 250,000 podcasts on iTunes? Our new podcast isn't one of them - but you can listen to it now on Extra Credit!
On the first episode of The Grade, Interim NYS Director Andrea Rogers stops by to talk about the New York budget and what it means for charter schools. You'll love it. Take some time and listen to it.
Last week in New Haven, Park City Prep Charter School's Bruce Ravage decried unfair funding for the Bridgeport district and charter schools at the Yale Education Leadership Conference.
And if you're in Buffalo, head over to St. John Baptist Church on Saturday at 11am for a charter school community day of celebration! You can apply for a charter school, and there will be a voter registration drive as well as free food, music and entertainment! Click the image for the flyer:Read more
The New York State budget was finalized last week - and charter schools around the state were winners. What the budget means for NY schools:
- Charter school children – from Buffalo to New York City – will receive a boost in funding, estimated at $430 per student, totaling more than $54 million.
- The terrible poison-pill anti-charter school provisions contained in the Assembly’s one-house budget resolution were rejected in the final budget.
- For schools eligible for facilities aid in New York City, the planned switch to lease aid from rental aid was eliminated. While a technical change, this is a big win for these schools.
It was an exciting time. As anti-charter groups turned up the heat, NECSN CEO Kyle Rosenkrans penned an open letter to the "edu-stablishment" and went on Time Warner Cable's Capital Tonight to discuss the budget developments.
Watch Kyle on Capital Tonight Now!
There's a cool new feature on the NECSN website: interactive maps! If you're looking for more information on charter schools in Connecticut and New York, check out these wonderful tools our Director of Data and Research Wendy Nelson put together!Read more
We are on high alert in Albany. A budget deal could be reached as early as this week. The Senate and Assembly recently released their budget proposals and last week our Interim NYS Director Andrea Rogers thanked the Senate for their "unwavering commitment to the more than 120,000 students in New York charter schools."
And in Hartford, our Connecticut State Director Jeremiah Grace responded to the GOP's proposed cuts to charter school funding, calling the proposal "totally irresponsible."
We are monitoring activity at both Capitols closely and will provide any updates as they come.Read more
There are plenty of exciting developments in the charter school world right now. Here is what we're reading to get our week started...Read more