What We're Doing, What We're Reading - April 26, 2016

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.

On the Blog

Make sure you read all about the magic that was Charter Awareness Day in Hartford!

And if you aren't doing so right this second, listen to Julio Fuentes on The Grade! Or, if you're more of a visual person, you can read the highlights of the interview, as well as the full transcript. 



The New York Twenty series rolls on tomorrow. Today, read what Harlem mom Nicole Fleming has to say about her daughter's charter school.

NECSN in the News


Our friends at Education Post shared excerpts from Julio's speech at Charter Awareness Day! He told the crowd:

"School choice empowers parents, helps children and builds our communities. School choice helps raise our children up."

And they also shared Bronx mom Alina Dowe's New York Twenty post. Read about why having the charter option has been so important for her.

New York News

Chalkbeat provides a look at district-charter partnerships under Mayor de Blasio’s “Equity and Excellence” plan. In this case, a district principal gets advice on discipline from the Equity Project Charter School.

Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa helmed her first meeting last week and created a workgroup to study current education issues.

The Buffalo School Board race is becoming mighty contentious.

And this Thursday, April 28, Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts in Rochester is hosting a dinner and arts integration program made possible by a grant from Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Connecticut News

From the CT Mirror: Teacher evaluation data likely to be made public, not individual scores.

In case you missed it, ConnCAN CEO Jennifer Alexander had a great piece on CT Viewpoints: Soft bigotry of low expectations has no place in Connecticut.

This Wednesday - New Beginnings Family Academy in Bridgeport is holding an educational panel on how to educate the whole child.

NECSN Press Releases

Hispanic CREO’s Julio Fuentes leads celebration of public charter school community at State Capitol - 4/21/2016

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What We're Doing, What We're Reading - April 26, 2016
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