What We're Doing, What We're Reading - November 15, 2016

President-elect Trump has dominated the headlines following his stunning victory over Hillary Clinton last week. Below you will find several stories of how the education world is shaping up following his win.

For us in the charter world, making sure families have quality options in their communities is a bipartisan issue.

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According to Rudy Giuliani, President Trump will be the "best thing" for charter schools, and NECSN Communications Director Jessica Mokhiber said:

"Interestingly, it’s an issue where the new President and Governor Cuomo share common ground. Just this year, the Governor, the Republican Senate, and Democratic Assembly doubled the amount of money in the budget for charter funding. We’re very optimistic that this kind of bipartisan support will continue."

You can read the full article here.


NECSN CT State Director Jeremiah Grace responded to the NAACP's resolution calling for a charter school moratorium on Medium. He spoke about his life, his journey and how important the charter option is, saying

NECSN CT State Director Jeremiah Grace responded to the NAACP's resolution calling for a charter school moratorium on Medium. He spoke about his life, his journey and how important the charter option is, saying:

"Make no mistake, I support good schools, especially ones that are meeting the needs of low income children of color, be they district, charter, or otherwise. And I won’t apologize for being black and proud and standing in support of educating our children by any means necessary."

You can read the full piece here.


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But that's not all! This 20th anniversary is also a perfect time to take a introspective look at our successes and our challenges yesterday, today and tomorrow. In order for this dialogue to be the most effective, we need to hear from you.

That’s why we are inviting you to participate in our second annual Impact of Charter Schools panel on Wednesday, December 7th at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport.

This is an opportunity to engage parents, teachers, students, and advocates for an evening dedicated to addressing the growing educational needs of children and families.

Registration is absolutely FREE, and can be done by visiting this link.


Our legislative breakfasts continue to be a blast. This morning we were at Integrated Day Charter School in Norwich, CT!

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Connecticut's charter schools still need your help. The Connecticut State Department of Education has proposed a series of spending cuts, one of which would have a drastic impact: a proposal to cut $11 million in funding from Connecticut’s charters. 

These cuts would only make circumstances worse for charter schools, which are already severely underfunded. 

We must protect Connecticut's charter schools from damaging and dangerous budget proposals. 

Please tell the Governor and Education Commissioner to reject this proposal

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NECSN in the News

Make sure you read Jeremiah's piece on Medium.

And you can read the full piece on President Trump and charters.

New York News

From POLITICO New York: Seismic national election leaves dynamic intact for New York education policy.

Success Academies CEO Eva Moskowitz has been floated for education secretary in the Trump Administration.

The State Education Department has announced there will be no changes to the state's standardized tests until 2019.

A new report for Families for Excellent Schools claims the NYC DOE is fudging vacancy numbers to stop charter schools from expanding.

Jeremiah Kittredge of FES his Mayor de Blasio over blocking NYC charter schools from getting space: Team de Blasio’s own numbers show ‘no room for charters’ is a lie.

Students at New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science II and others are getting active in the wake of the election.

Over 900 students from Rochester and the surrounding area attended the Historically Black Colleges and Universities fair.

Connecticut News

Former New Haven Superintendent Garth Harries reflects on his time and the next steps for reform.

Faith leaders in Norwalk have joined the voices calling for the state to fix school funding.

Education Bridgeport looked at the recent poll showing the majority of CT voters want to see immediate action to fix the school funding system.

From The Day: Connecticut parents, teachers spent Wednesday trying to explain Trump win to kids.

Other Reads

A couple pieces looking at how the election has played out in schools:

Awesome piece from education writer and activist Citizen Stewart: You graduated from a private school. Now you oppose school choice. It’s not cute.

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 - November 15, 2016
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