Welcome to another week of What We're Doing, What We're Reading at NECSN. It was a short week due to the holiday weekend but we still have some good updates for you.
In Connecticut, schools, parents, and children are still fighting the proposed $11 million dollar budget cuts to the charter school community. A press conference was held this morning at Brass City Charter School in Waterbury where supporters vowed to fight the plan, which would make it impossible for the school -- and others across the state -- to grow to scale. That means that kids who thought they could grow with their school would be unable to. The press and some local lawmakers heard directly from parents and students about how these cuts would affect them.
Brass City Charter student Hamna Shahzad and her mother
Brass City teacher and student
Parents, school leaders, student, and NECSN's Jeremiah Grace calling on the state to reject the proposed cuts
We're still asking for you to take action and oppose these cuts!
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.
Students from the Bronx Charter School for Better Learning got a lesson in civics today as they testified at NYC City Hall in support of a resolution calling for school uniforms saying, "We do support wearing school uniforms. We realize that clothing can be a very big distraction in the classroom, and when we all wear the same thing to school, this distraction is no longer present. We also support the school uniform process because we realize that not everyone has access to expensive or trendy clothing, and we feel that uniforms might minimize students' chances to be made fun of for what they wear to school. As we like to think of our school as one big family, we support school uniforms because we feel that no one gets left out if we wear the same thing."
Our blog series on Connecticut charter schools celebrating 20 years continues as well. This week we're taking a look at Jumoke Academy which has been serving Hartford children and families for two decades.
You can read more about the school here.
And 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.
NECSN in the News
WTNH previewed today's press event at Brass City Charter School in Waterbury where parents, students, and educators called on the state to reject harmful proposed cuts.
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen philanthropist Betsy DeVos to serve as his secretary of education. DeVos has a history as a school choice activist and we've been reading about her record - here, here, and here to name a few.
Folks all over the educational spectrum in Connecticut have weighed in on Betsy DeVos. You can read more about CT reaction here.
Connecticut officials are asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by families who want more high-quality school options such as charter and magnet schools. The state currently has laws in place that limit the number of charter and magnet schools, but parents are arguing that cap is unconstitutional.
New York News
The New Yorker talks to Eva Moskowitz and other education reformers about President-elect Trump and how his views could shape education policy.