What We're Doing, What We're Reading - April 5, 2016

It happened.

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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!
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Maps!

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!

On the Blog

As mentioned above, Kyle wrote a corker of a letter to the "edu-stablishment" last week. That ruffled the feathers of the so-called Alliance for Quality Education, who responded. So Kyle responded to them.

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Our Connecticut Communications Intern Vivian Santos (pictured above in the front row all the way to the right) can brag about something nobody else here can - she actually went to a charter school! Read about her time at New Beginnings Family Academy in Bridgeport and what that experience has meant for her.

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We will be continuing the New York Twenty: Real Charter Champions series tomorrow! We will be profiling the everyday people who are the champions to their children: parents and grandparents who make the critical choice to send their kids to charter schools. If you missed the first post, click here to learn more about Elmira charter parent Kay Mighty-Brown!

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And for a trip down memory lane to see how budget season played out in New York (with GIFs!), check out the BudgetMania recap!

NECSN in the News

Following the big budget win for charters, Kyle spoke to the Buffalo News to discuss the funding increase and the work ahead.

The Long Island Exchange shared our press release on the final budget deal, and the Times Union also included our statement in their budget reactions.

And before the NY budget was done, we were out there spreading the word.

NECSN Interim NYS Director Andrea Rogers and Wendy's analysis of the Assembly budget proposal was included in the Democrat and Chronicle.

Kyle's letter was covered by the Times Union as well as POLITICO New York. And you really should take the time to watch his appearance on Capital Tonight.

New York News

You can read more on what the budget meant for charter schools and education overall on Chalkbeat.

Out in Buffalo, Elmwood Village Charter School is looking to expand. The SUNY Trustees will consider a second Elmwood school next week.

Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School is suing NYC, claiming the city has shorted the school on rental assistance.

POLITICO New York looks at the opt-out fight as state testing begins this week.

Also from POLITICO, a look at Deputy Mayor Richard Buery's role as peacemaker with NYC's charter school sector.

Connecticut News

The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the push to unlink state exams from teacher evaluations. 

At Achievement First's Elm City College Prep, expeditions are making learning more exciting.

The Seventy-Four takes a look at the landmark education funding lawsuit that has finally gone to trial more than 10 years after it was filed.

NECSN Blogs and Press Releases

Open Letter to the Edu-stablishment, 3/30/2016

Kyle responds to the so-called AQE, 3/31/2016

Charter Association Thanks State Lawmakers for Seeing Through the Noise of Charter Haters, 3/31/2016

Charter Schools Statewide Win in This Year's Budget, 4/1/2016

Joe was the Deputy Communications Director for New York for the Northeast Charter Schools Network.
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