What We're Doing, What We're Reading - November 1, 2016

Connecticut's charter schools 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



On June 4, 1996, Governor John Rowland signed the law establishing public charter schools in the state of Connecticut. In doing so, he transformed the lives of tens of thousands of families.

There are eight charter schools in Connecticut now celebrating their 20th school year - that's two decades of life-changing education. These schools offer a unique perspective of the movement, and over the next few months, we'll be sharing some of their stories.


First up is the Interdistrict School for Arts and Communications (ISAAC) in New London. We caught up with ISAAC Executive Director David Howes to talk about the school’s history, what he sees as its future, and how public charters like ISAAC can play such a critical role in the community.

Click here to read more about this incredible school!

Last week our Jill Shahen and Andrea Rogers stopped by PUC Achieve Charter School in Rochester for the ribbon cutting on their beautiful, renovated building!


Check out the rest of the pictures on Facebook.

On the Blog


To those of you who don't work in our office, this may not seem like a big thing, but Andrea Rogers has blogged! This is a major happening at NECSN. And it is about a cool topic!

A recent study conducted by researchers at NYU examined student perceptions of teachers and students from every racial background rated Latino and Black teachers more highly than white teachers. Read more about how all students benefit from diversity and what this means for charters.

NECSN in the News


Following an article packed to the gills with inaccuracies about charter schools, Andrea set the record straight in the Watertown Daily Times. This was a much-needed response as lot of basic facts on charters were way off-base. Andrea said:

"Let’s start with a sound definition of charters instead of opinions from sources who simply may not understand what charters are. Charter schools are independent and innovative public schools that operate under a contract, or charter. These are public schools of choice, unique in that they trade operational freedom and flexibility for higher levels of accountability than other schools."

Read the full piece here.

New York News

Achievement First Bushwick students are donating to victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.

A new report outlines 10 promising strategies for tackling segregation in NYC schools. Hellenic Classical Charter School and Community Roots Charter School are shouted out for their diversity in the full report.

And a new study on charter schools around the country says New York offers a "balanced" picture when looking at enrollment and performance.

Crain's New York took a look at what would happen if Democrats take the State Senate, saying, "If Democrats wrest control of the Senate, charter schools could face unwanted oversight and teachers unions could win more funding for urban public schools."

From the Buffalo News: Outside money makes Jacobs-Small race focal point in battle for state Senate.

Campbell Brown takes Mayor de Blasio to task over NYC's Renewal Schools program.

From the Daily News: New York Assembly members will seek laws in 2017 to help homeless pre-K kids stay in school.

Connecticut News

ICYMI: A poll shows that most Connecticut voters want to see immediate action to improve the state's schools in light of the CCJEF ruling. More from the New Haven Register.

There was plenty of yelling and heated discussion over the use of student test scores in evaluating teachers.

Interesting read on Garth Harries in New Haven, as well as the pending superintendent exits in Bridgeport and Hartford: Turnover rises for urban superintendents.

New Haven and state officials are excited about a new teacher certification program.

Reginald Mayo hopes to improve morale as the interim superintendent in New Haven.

From the Connecticut Post: State students ‘holding their own’ on science test.

Other Reads

John Legend responds to the NAACP: Don’t Blame Public School Choice For Society’s Failures.

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What We're Doing, What We're Reading - November 1, 2016
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