What We're Doing, What We're Reading - June 28, 2016

Here is the latest charter news we've been keeping up on.

Fun times is Albany last week as a group of students from ROADS Charter High School came up to tour the Capitol with Jill Shahen and Andrea Rogers! It was a great day for a civics lesson!

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And yesterday our Western NY Advocacy Manger Duncan Kirkwood was part of South Buffalo Charter School's career day, teaching kids about work in advocacy and education reform!

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And shoutout to Jeremiah Grace and Jill presenting at the National Charter Schools Conference in Nashville this week!

On the Blog

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Our celebration of 20 years of Connecticut charter schools continues. We just wrapped up our 20 Graduates in 20 Days series with Raven Joseph, a Highville Charter School grad who puts others first.

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You can read the rest of these amazing stories here.

Also, you can take a trip down memory lane and see the story of Connecticut charters, including what lawmakers had to say before the state's charter bill was passed.

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As we continue to reflect on the past 20 years of chartering in CT, NECSN CT State Director Jeremiah Grace sat down for a conversation with Alex Johnston of Impact for Education, Liz Cox of Common Ground High School and Bruce Ravage of Park City Prep Charter School. It's all part of our latest episode of The Grade podcast! Enjoy!

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And if you haven't done it yet, make sure you check out our super cool timeline of charter news and developments from the last two decades!

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We are excited to share our final installment in the New York Twenty - Albany charter grandparent Joanne McElroy Moore. She has made charter schools a family affair. You can read her story now.

You can read the rest of the posts from this series here.

We're also excited about the newest series on Extra Credit:

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Heroes in the Classroom 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.

First up is Latarri Sample, a social studies teacher at Invictus Preparatory Charter School in Brooklyn. Mr. Sample shows his students that anything is possible with a great education. As a former special education student himself, he has lots of empathy and understanding for kids who need a little extra attention -- and he is helping all his students succeed in school.

Read his story on Extra Credit.

You can also head to our Youtube page to hear Mr. Sample talk about his approach to teaching.

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NECSN in the News

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Jeremiah joined LoveBabz LoveTalk to discuss the 20th anniversary of Connecticut charters. You can listen online now.

And our response to Wendy Lecker's latest attacks on CT charters was included on Education Bridgeport.

New York News

The New York Post showed KIPP NYC College Prep a lot of love. First they profiled Camill Fernandez: First in her family to go to college and accepted to 22 top schools. Later in an editorial, the Post discussed the amazing success KIPP has, and why charters are such a valuable option in NYC.

The Post also commented on Mayor de Blasio's recent charter remarks, saying they are just spin. They also dinged him on not giving charter schools space.

Discovery Charter School in Rochester celebrated its first graduating class. Congratulations!

And congratulations to the graduates from John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School and New Ventures Charter School.

The Wall Street Journal had an excellent profile on Harlem RBI, which runs the DREAM Charter School. 

Connecticut News

Powerful blog from Common Ground Executive Director Melissa Spear: I am the mother of a transgender son.

Bridgeport is searching for a new superintendent to start in July 2017.

It isn't cool to cut school. New Haven just celebrated a decrease in chronic absenteeism.

The latest KIDS Count Data Book ranked Connecticut fifth in the nation for overall child wellbeing. This is the first time CT has cracked the top 5 since the rankings began 27 years ago.

Other Reading

Some good news for charters around the country. The Walton Family Foundation is looking to boost charter schools around the country with a $250 million initiative aimed at helping charters secure facilities.

Joe was the Deputy Communications Director for New York for the Northeast Charter Schools Network.
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What We're Doing, What We're Reading - June 28, 2016
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