What We're Doing, What We're Reading - August 9, 2016

Exciting times in the charter school world. We are sharing more stories of great charters working overtime for their students, celebrating 20 years of Connecticut charters and more! Here is the latest news we're keeping up on.

We need your support in Rochester!

On Wednesday, September 7th the families of the Brown v. New York lawsuit will be back in court, fighting the state’s effort to dismiss them. This landmark lawsuit challenges the state’s funding scheme for charter school children, which short-changes students statewide. That is fundamentally wrong - and we need to make our voices heard if we want to fix it.

Come rally with us before the hearing to show how important this is to schools and families. Share the following flyer and information with your community. Let's make some noise!


What: Brown v. New York rally
When: Wednesday, September 7th at 8:40am
Where: Location TBD, near the Appellate Court at 50 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604

RSVP to our Western NY Advocacy Manager Duncan Kirkwood at dkirkwood@necharters.org or 716-308-0506.

On the Blog


We've shared the stories of some remarkable charter schools in New York and Connecticut as part of our Overtime series. These schools are going above and beyond to keep their students engaged during the summer months, and providing them with some unique opportunities along the way.


Like Finn Academy: An Elmira Charter School, which used the summer session as a time to help the students get more connected with their community. Partnerships with various groups provided rich learning experiences for the kids, and they even took a college tour to see what is in their future.

Read more on Extra Credit now 


Waterbury's Brass City Charter School students have staved off the summer slide with some summer fun. Students spent time honing their reading and math skills, and also took museum trips and went blueberry picking to get them active outside of the classroom.

Read more on Extra Credit now


In Rochester, Vertus Charter School is reinventing high school for young men in a city that badly needs quality school options. Vertus has a year-round program and is dedicated to showing students that they can all succeed. There is some really great working going on there, including a summer program where some students are making prosthetic hands for children with 3D printers.

Learn more on Extra Credit


For students at Bridgeport's New Beginnings Family Academy, the Summer Boost Academy is keeping them engaged in August. The Summer Boost Academy is more than just reading and math, and it is critical in helping reinforce the fundamental skills that make students successful during the school year.

Read more about the Summer Boost Academy

NECSN in the News


Great read on the New Haven Register on 20 years of Connecticut charter schools. NECSN CT State Director Jeremiah Grace spoke about demand, innovation and the future of the movement, saying:

“We are growing; there’s more demand than ever before. Charters exist to empower communities.”

You can read the full article here.

New York News

Very important read from State Senator Ruben Diaz: If Charter Schools Help Our Black and Hispanic Children, Why Are Our Black and Hispanic Elected Officials Opposed to Them?

The Wall Street Journal showed great support for charters following the state data release: The Charter School Advantage.

A recent Quinnipiac poll found that more than half of New York City residents would prefer to send their child to a charter school. A Daily News editorial mentioned the poll and test scores: Charter schools, now.

A federal grant is letting AmeriCorps members mentor Buffalo charter school students.

There is a new law requiring all public schools - district and charter - to post the state's child abuse hotline number.

In an op-ed for the New York Daily News, Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz talks test scores and says NYC officials "should embrace charter schools if they truly want to solve the problem of educational equality." 

Connecticut News

From the New Haven Register: Connecticut SAT results called ‘good start’ — and ‘sobering’.

Closing arguments are underway in a lawsuit challenging Connecticut's school financing system.

Some interesting primary reading. National and regional charter school groups are active in the General Assembly primaries.

Also, the Bridgeport primary could have a huge impact on schools.

Other News

Black leaders push back against NAACP's charter school moratorium.

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What We're Doing, What We're Reading - August 9, 2016
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