What We're Doing, What We're Reading - November 22, 2016

It's Thanksgiving week, and there is a lot to be thankful for. At NECSN we're really thankful for the hard work of our schools and parents! We wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving holiday. 

Last week, NECSN staff was in Western and Central New York meeting with some of our great charter friends. We had the chance to attend Young Women's College Prep Charter School's leadership breakfast, hearing from awesome students and educators!

 YWCP Board Chair Duffy Palmer, NECSN State Director Andrea Rogers, YWCP Principal Toyia Wilson, NECSN Data Director Wendy Nelson, and NECSN Communications Director Jessica Mokhiber

We also saw an incredible video on the work YWCP does. Check it out here: 


Last week, Connecticut charters came together to celebrate 20 years! Each school placed a memento in a capsule which was buried at Highville Charter School -- and will be dug out in another 20 years! 


You can see some of the items placed in the capsule by clicking here.


Don't forget, if you haven't registered for the second annual Impact of Charter Schools panel discussion, you can do so by visiting this link. The panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, December 7th at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport.

This year, CT charters mark their 20th anniversary - 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!

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.

Our legislative breakfasts continue in CT. On Thursday, we were at Stamford Charter School for Excellence meeting with lawmakers and parents! 


NECSN CT State Director Jeremiah Grace speaking
at Stamford Charter School for Excellence

And 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


NECSN in the News

Last week, WTNH in New Haven covered the time capsule burial. You can see the story here.

New York News

Good news for Syracuse families -- Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School got the green light to open a new school, the Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship Charter School. 

Mott Haven Academy in the South Bronx is a shining example of a school working with a vulnerable population - kids in foster care. 

Our friends at the NYC Charter School Center had a great piece in the New York Daily News, sending a message to President-elect Trump on the importance of quality over quantity when it comes to charter schools. 

PUC Achieve Charter School in Rochester has plans to expand.  

Ivanka Trump made a surprise visit to a Success Academy Charter School last week. The Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) wasted no time in getting on her case for it. 

Eva Moskowitz said she will not serve as the Education Secretary, but will support the new President's education efforts. News reports indicate Michelle Rhee is still in the mix

Connecticut News

Connecticut officials are trying to block CT families from having their day in court. They asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by CT families and Students Matter this past summer. The families say the restrictions on school choice options are unconstitutional and have forced thousands of students to attend low-performing schools.

ICYMI, Jeremiah Grace penned a piece for Medium on why the NAACP vote on charter schools was so wrong-headed. It's great; check it out

New Haven clergy came together to call on state lawmakers to come up with a solution for equitable school funding.  

Bridgeport narrows down its search for a new superintendent. 

The plan to close schools in Hartford is now on hold.  

Other News

The New York Times takes a look at what President-elect Trump's policies could mean for education, specifically school choice, student debt, and Common Core. 

The group High Achievement New York conducted a survey on possible name changes to the Common Core - some ideas: “Empire State Learning Standards,”  “NYS College and Career Ready Standards", and the “I [heart] NY Standards". 

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What We're Doing, What We're Reading - November 22, 2016
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