What We're Doing, What We're Reading - November 8, 2016

It is Election Day! Get out there and make your voice heard!

It is Election Day! Get out there and make your voice heard!


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NECSN CT State Director Jeremiah Grace called on Connecticut's lawmakers to remember charters as they fix the state's education funding system, saying:

"We believe the state ultimately wants to do right by all kids. And if the state is serious about creating a solution that benefits all public school children, they must remember charters in their plans. All families are entitled to equality no matter if they choose a charter school, a magnet school or a traditional district school."

You can read the full piece here.


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

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On the Blog

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The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) recently released an update to its model charter school law. Our New York Policy Manager Jason Zwara took a look at how New York measures up to those best practices.

See where New York excels, and where there is room for improvement!

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Our NY State Director Andrea Rogers responds to some recent charter criticisms in Rochester, telling opponents to stop making excuses and embrace what's working. If we're serious about making sure all children succeed, it is time to accept charters as a real solution.

Read more now!

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There are eight charter schools in Connecticut now celebrating their 20th school year, 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. Click here to read more about this incredible school!

NECSN in the News

Make sure you read Jeremiah's op-ed on charter funding here.

And in case you missed it, check out Andrea responding to some common charter misconceptions in the Watertown Daily Times.

New York News

From POLITICO: A guide to the 2016 New York elections.

New York City's charter sector is looking for a mayoral candidate for 2017.

Out of Riverhead, charter schools have led a "much-needed revolution" in education.

From the Daily News: Success Academy boss Eva Moskowitz bashes de Blasio over inadequate charter school space in Brooklyn.

A new study shows that NYC is struggling to provide required services to many students with disabilities.

The Yonkers school district has been segregating students with disabilities, according to the US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Connecticut News

Teacher pension costs are about to surge, which will likely push the next state budget further into deficit.

Education advocates are urging voters to find out which candidates want to fix Connecticut's broken school funding system.

The State Board of Education has approved a new program to help get more teachers of color certified, though not without controversy. More from the CT Mirror.

From WNPR: Minority Teacher Recruitment Remains a Problem Across Connecticut.

Other Reads

A new report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools takes a look at the overwhelming parent demand for charters.

The 74 looks at big education issues around the country that will be decided at the polls today.

The decision to raise the charter cap in Massachusetts is on the ballot today. David Leonhardt of The New York Times takes a look at the impact of MA charters: Schools That Work.

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 8, 2016
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