What We're Doing, What We're Reading - May 17, 2016

Connecticut has a budget! The deal reached last week will ensure that all of Connecticut's public charter schools have the funding promised for their growth. NECSN CT State Director Jeremiah Grace said:

"We are thankful that public charter school students are ensured they will have a seat in their school next year and were spared devastating cuts. There are thousands of families across Connecticut who can now breathe a sigh of relief."

But there is still much work to be done to fix Connecticut's flawed school funding system and ensure all children are treated equally. You can read our full statement on the budget here, and you can thank your state lawmakers for supporting charter schools by clicking here.


Nationally recognized educator Dr. Steve Perry delivered the keynote address at the Buffalo Public Schools Parent Assembly and Summit on Friday. The teachers union and their cohorts turned up the heat and even tried to cancel his appearance. In the face of this opposition, we fought hard to make sure the need for more quality options in Buffalo has not been lost in the media.

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NECSN Western NY Advocacy Manager Duncan Kirkwood had a letter in the Buffalo News showing his support for Dr. Perry, saying:

"Perry is a nationally recognized educator with a record of achievement and insights to share. Every graduate from his Hartford, Conn., school goes to college. Unlike Buffalo, Perry has done incredible work educating poor, minority children."

You can read the full letter here.

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And in POLITICO New York, our NY State Director Andrea Rogers showed her support, saying:

"Dr. Perry's goal is to inspire parents and educators to demand more for their children and community. He speaks frankly about the urgent need to improve schools -- particularly when poor, minority families are the ones suffering the most from educational neglect."

You can read the full article here.

On the Blog

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Check out how some students from Bridge Academy in Bridgeport celebrated Mother's Day

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We have posted some great new entries in the New York Twenty series! Hear from Bronx mom Melissa Lomba, and meet Rochester mom MJ Allen.

NECSN in the News

Check out Duncan's letter, as well as the POLITICO New York story on Dr. Perry's appearance.

New York News

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Watch the Time Warner Cable News coverage from Dr. Perry's Buffalo appearance, and also check out his interview with WBLK.

Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa supported the renewal of two charters, though not without concerns.

One Brooklyn charter is looking to expand by adding more grades, international travel and a boarding school.

The New York Post talked union rhetoric and how charters are serving special needs kids in an editorial. Then two days later showed more support for school choice.

Connecticut News

From the Hartford Courant: House Narrowly Approves Budget With 0.4% Increase, Sends It To Governor.

Side by Side Charter School students celebrated human rights with a garden dedication.

Achievement First Bridgeport parents attended a city school board meeting to ask that charter opponent Maria Pereira not be the board's liaison at their school.

See why this Hartford educator wants to open a new charter school.

Thanks to a new program, hundreds of low-income kids will have the chance to complete a year of college for free while still in high school.

NECSN Press Releases

Connecticut Charter Schools Statement on the 2017 Budget - 5/13/2016

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 17, 2016
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