What We're Doing, What We're Reading - July 25, 2016

On Monday, August 1, Buffalo community activists and clergy members will be hosting an Emergency Town Hall Meeting to address the growing educational crisis affecting Buffalo’s public school children. There will be a panel Q&A with clergy and education leaders, and a discussion on the state of Buffalo schools.

Come out next Monday, August 1, at Friendship Baptist Church to join the conversation on how to better schools for our kids. For more information, see our media advisory here, and please share our flyer:


On the Blog


Our Overtime series continues! For another great school working year-round to make sure its students get all of the help they need, look no further than New Dawn Charter High School in Brooklyn. This school specializes in over-aged, under-credited students, and the extra attention in the summer session gives students the time to catch up or finish up.

New Dawn is going above and beyond for students who need the most help. That means students with disabilities, English language learners, students in severe poverty, or any other students who have fallen through the cracks in other schools.

Read more about their incredible work now!



Our Heroes in the Classroom series is pretty nifty. Last week we shared the stories of Jasmine Hoskins and Anna Smith, two teachers from Urban Dove Team Charter School in Brooklyn who are working all day, every day for their kids.


Read their story now!


In the latest episode of The Grade, we are joined by NY charter law architect Bob Bellafiore! Listen as Bob imparts his wisdom from 30 years in and around New York State government. He talks with us about what it was like as the state's charter school law was passed, and gives perspective on how far charters have come and where they are headed.


NECSN in the News

Time Warner Cable News covered the first public meeting of Buffalo's Black Lives Matter chapter and mentioned our August 1st event.

New York News

Cool stuff out of Rochester. Vertus Charter School just moved into an awesome new building. More from WHAM.

Rochester charter and district students are partnering with RIT business students in a program that is shaping the city's future entrepreneurs.

A look at MaryEllen Elia's tenure as Commissioner one year in.

The Utica City School District settled the lawsuit over its enrollment practices that discriminated against refugee children.

From Chalkbeat: City will no longer suspend students in grades K-2, and releases a slew of new school crime data.

The UFT was unhappy with the new discipline policies, and Chancellor Farina wrote an op-ed defending the decision.

Good profile of Ben Chapman form the NY Daily News: Low-Key Reporter Thrives In High-Pressure NYC Environment.

The Newcomer Academy is a new summer program the Albany City School District aimed at helping its growing population of immigrant and refugee students adjust to a new language, school and culture.

Connecticut News

From CT News Junkie: Walker, Ritter Still Competing For Majority Leader.

Check out this really neat story about a Common Ground High School graduate and the "green" work he's doing.

Education and social service agencies are adjusting to their budget cuts.

There was much debate over the leadership of New Haven schools at the latest board meeting.

Yale's Pathways Summer Scholars Program is giving students a look at STEM careers.

From Education Bridgeport: Sheff v. O’Neill Turns 20: How Long Will It Take For The State To Fulfill Its Promise To Connecticut Kids?

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The 74 recapped education and the RNC, and blogged on the first night of the DNC.

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