What We're Doing, What We're Reading - July 12, 2016

There were some neat charter school developments last week.

In New York, the State Education Department awarded $4 million in Charter School Dissemination Grants to eight schools in New York City and Rochester. These grants will help foster collaboration with district schools. Congratulations to the schools! We sent a statement to the media on this which you can read here.

In Buffalo, the Buffalo District Parent Coordinating Council (DPCC) approved charter school parents to join for the first time in the organization's 17-year history. The DPCC is the district-recognized parent engagement organization, working in partnership with the Buffalo school district to increase parent involvement. Our Western New York Advocacy Manager Duncan Kirkwood was also voted on as an Executive Committee member where he'll be representing all of Buffalo's charters. You can read our statement on this major development here.

On the Blog


We've shared some awesome new stories in our latest series, Heroes in the Classroom! This is our nod to the teachers doing tremendously hard work, day in and day out. They don't get enough praise for their dedication, so we will be using this series as a platform to show our gratitude for all they are doing to make a difference.


Check out the story of MESA Charter High School teacher Betsaida Reyes, a Bushwick native who returned to her community to teach its students and connect with families in the neighborhood.


And our latest Hero is Harrison Delfin, a Broome Street Academy Charter High School teacher who has given his students a platform for social justice.


And make sure you check out our super cool timeline of Connecticut charter school news and developments from the last two decades!


New York News

Some nice coverage of the Charter School Dissemination Grant recipients. It was covered by the Associated Press, and by the New York Daily News as well. The Democrat & Chronicle also looked at Genesee Community Charter School and collaboration within Rochester.

The 74 shared an awesome look at how Broome Street Academy Charter High School is succeeding with at-risk students.

Take a look at how Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School is preparing to send high-needs students to college.

KIPP Academy alum Dale Dykes talks about his secret weapon for getting into college: a strong support system.

The New York Post takes aim at Rochester in this editorial. The teachers union is looking to expand its influence on school boards in the wake of Mayor Lovely Warren's request to be named leader of a receivership district to turnaround the city's worst schools.

Excellent read from Chalkbeat: Great teachers are experts at difficult conversations. Here’s their advice to America on talking about race.

Connecticut News

The State Board of Education is mulling the idea of capping fees for charter management companies at 10%. More from the CT Post and the CT Mirror.

ConnCAN Communications Associate Ebony Walmsley talks about diversity in the classroom and how her school experience made her an advocate.

Two New Haven schools in the Commissioner's Network are receiving one-year extensions, and two schools in Bridgeport and one in Norwalk will see decreased funding.

The Hartford Schools' Chief of Staff is stepping down amid controversy.

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From Takepart: The Collective Trauma of Watching the End of Black Lives.

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What We're Doing, What We're Reading - July 12, 2016
What We're Doing, What We're Reading - July 12, 2016
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