Twenty years ago on June 4, 1996, Governor John Roland signed the law establishing public charter schools in the state of Connecticut. That is 20 years of changing lives and building better futures. We will be celebrating 20 years of Connecticut charters all year, and we've already gotten the festivities underway.
"Twenty years in, public charter schools have led the charge toward closing Connecticut’s achievement gap. They have offered a high quality education in our most challenging districts, and have shown consistently that all children, regardless of the color of their skin or how much money their parents make, can graduate high school prepared to succeed in college or a career.
"We can and must build on that progress."
We've also started a new series - 20 Graduates in 20 Days. For the first 20 days of June we are profiling a different Connecticut charter school graduate each day.
And if you're in Newark this Thursday, see Jeremiah speak the Education Pioneers panel on the importance of black men in education!
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If you haven't already, make sure you read Jeremiah's op-ed on 20 years of Connecticut charter schools.
And Jeremiah was also quoted in the CT Mirror's story on charter school accountability measures, saying:
"Charter schools are the most accountable public schools in Connecticut. The state already does an good job of listening to and following up on any concerns, at any time of year, the public may raise about a charter. We already have a process that works."
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Buffalo Business First revealed their annual rankings of Western New York elementary schools, and Elmwood Village Charter School was the highest-ranking charter at 10.
The New York City charter school waiting list has topped 44,000 students.
Our friends at the New York City Charter School Center came together with charter leaders and parents to call for better public schools.
From POLITICO New York: Success Academy has officially canceled its pre-kindergarten program for next year, after losing consecutive fights with City Hall and the State Education Department over a contract dispute.
Common Ground High School celebrated the unveiling of their beautiful new building.
Side by Side Charter School in Norwalk is getting $2.5 for their new building.
Last week Amistad Academy students staged a mass walkout in an effort to push for more diversity in the classroom. Parent activist Gwen Samuel visited and shared her thoughts on the protest and the need for greater diversity.