What We're Doing, What We're Reading - May 10, 2016

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Last week we celebrated National Charter Schools Week! NECSN CEO Kyle Rosenkrans reflected on over 20 years of chartering and the need for fair funding, saying:

"The charter school movement has learned many lessons over two-plus decades, but perhaps none as urgent as the need to fix the way we fund charter schools and make laws more equitable for children. And to do that, we have to challenge a premise on which charters were founded."

You can read the full piece on Education Post now.


Connecticut's 2016 legislative session came to a close on Wednesday night, but the General Assembly did not agree on an updated budget. They will be back for a special session this Thursday, and we will keep you updated with any new developments.

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Speaking of charter school funding, NECSN Connecticut State Director Jeremiah Grace took to the CT Mirror to talk Connecticut school funding inequity and how it affects charter schools:

"We have a moral obligation to treat all children fairly, and that means funding education based on students and their learning needs rather than based on the type of school they attend or who has the most friends at the Capitol in Hartford."

You can read the full piece here.


And this Friday evening, nationally recognized educator Dr. Steve Perry will be in Buffalo as the keynote speaker at the 2016 Parent Assembly and Summit! Not satisfied with their recent school board election victories, the teachers unions are trying to silence Dr. Perry's voice and get the event cancelled.

This is a critical moment for the city to stand up and support people like Dr. Perry who are unafraid to speak truth to power and have tough conversations about the urgent need to improve Buffalo schools so that every child can get a great education. Come show your support!

The talk is being held at McKinley High School on Friday, May 13, 2016 from 5:30-8:00pm. Check out the flyer below.

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On the Blog

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You've seen our radio faces...now listen to our radio voices! The latest episode of The Grade is up. This time, the comms team talks charter schools and social media. If you have 11 minutes to spare and want your school to get more engaged, this might just help you out!

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We have posted some great new entries in the New York Twenty series! Get to know Elmira mom Falon Denison, Albany dad Andre Goodbee and Niagara mom Danalle Sears.

NECSN in the News

Make sure you read Kyle's piece on Education Post and Jeremiah's piece on the CT Mirror.

New York News

Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa is "very concerned" that some charter schools are not serving a population representative of their communities.

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia denied Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren's request to have a role in plans to improve the city schools, saying Warren's request is not possible under state law.

And from POLITICO New York: State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan is not sold on extending mayoral control in New York City.

Connecticut News

Side by Side Charter School kids did some amazing artwork. You can read all about it on The Hour.

And Bridgeport mom Aisha Gutierrez discusses charter schools' need for more support from the state.

From Trend CT: Wealth and grades: Compare Connecticut’s school districts.

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 - May 10, 2016
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