What We're Doing, What We're Reading - April 19, 2016

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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!

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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.

On the Blog

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The New York Twenty series is still rolling along. Get to know Alina Dowe, a Bronx mom; Jenica Drehmer, a parent from Elmira; and Ja'Mia Hewitt, a Greece mother.

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In New London, the Interdistrict School for the Arts And Communications held their Celebration of Learning and Multicultural Dinner. You can read more about the fun ways ISAAC raised money for their students now!

NECSN in the News

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NECSN CEO Kyle Rosenkrans was at it again on Education Post, this time discussing how to help charter schools improve special education.

Our Interim NYS Director Andrea Rogers commented on SUNY's approval of four new charter schools in the Daily News.

And if you haven't done it already, watch the coverage from our Buffalo Charter School Community Day of Celebration!

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Speaking of Buffalo, one of the newly approved schools is a replication of the awesome Elmwood Village Charter School!

In Albany, the Brighter Choice Charter Schools are merging.

Broome Street Academy Head of School Barbara McKeon spoke with DNAinfo about working with the most underserved kids and helping them succeed.

The 74 took a look at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School's work to foster a diverse student body.

Connecticut News

From the Journal Inquirer: The State Department of Education is appealing a Freedom of Information Commission ruling against the Department of Ed's denial of a request for results on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium tests.

If you a fan of art, you're in luck! Some Side by Side Charter School student artwork is on display at Quinnipiac University.

Connecticut's high school population is shrinking faster than in 47 other states - via the CT Mirror.

ConnCAN CEO Jennifer Alexander with a great piece on CT Viewpoints today: Soft bigotry of low expectations has no place in Connecticut.

Katie Roy of the Connecticut School Finance Project talks the need to fix the state's school funding in this letter to the New Haven Register.

NECSN Press Releases

State Charter Association Congratulates Four New Charter Schools Slated to Open in 2017 - 4/13/2016
National education reform leader joins charter school community at Capitol for Charter Awareness Day this Thursday - 4/18/2016

Joe was the Deputy Communications Director for New York for the Northeast Charter Schools Network.
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What We're Doing, What We're Reading - April 19, 2016
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