What We're Doing, What We're Reading - October 12, 2016

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 charter schools. 

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 Western New York Advocacy Manager Duncan Kirkwood responded to the NAACP's calls for a charter school moratorium in Education Post, saying:

"I think about the fight for equality in the 1950s and 1960s, and I see that fight continuing today. Access to high-quality education is the civil rights issue of today. We need to do everything we can to make sure Black kids succeed, not end up in prison cells. I hope the NAACP understands they’d be on the wrong side of history with this vote."

Read the full piece here.

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The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools launched the ChartersWork campaign in response to the NAACP. This campaign gives parents, leaders, and others the chance to share why more than 700,000 Black families have chosen charter schools across the country.

Charter parents from around the country (including Albany, NY charter mom Latoya Taitt) authored a letter urging the NAACP to reconsider their position on charters. You can sign onto the letter and get your voice out there in the national dialogue by going to www.charterswork.com.


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We are once again holding legislative breakfasts around Connecticut, connecting charter schools and their communities with their local legislators. Last week we had an awesome one at Explorations Charter School in Winsted.

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And this morning we had a blast at Achievement First Bridgeport Academy Middle School!

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Here's the latest news we've been keeping up on.

NECSN in the News

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In the wake of the CCJEF ruling, charter school parents, leaders, and elected officials came together last week to call for charters to be part of a new, equitable school funding system.

NECSN Connecticut State Director Jeremiah Grace spoke on the importance of taking these steps, which you can see in the Waterbury Republican-American. Jeremiah also spoke on the need for equitable funding in the New Haven Register.

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Make sure you read Duncan in Education Post: NAACP, Don’t End Up on the Wrong Side of History.

New York News

Following an anti-charter essay in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, D&C editorial blogger and Rochester Prep board member Jim Ryan responded: Charter schools are producing results.

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools President and CEO Nina Rees praised the 2014 law that gave new and expanding NYC charter schools access to facilities, and said she wishes it "was something that was in place throughout the state and for all charter schools."

Leaders hope the proposed Academy of Science and Citizenship Charter School in Syracuse will meet some of the demand for a quality school in the city.

The Success Academy charter network has been open for 10 years now and shows no signs of slowing down.

From Chalkbeat: Why do New York City’s homeless students struggle in school?

Connecticut News

The New Haven Register called for equality in education funding in an editorial, calling for fair funding for charter schools as well.

Students in Connecticut need more quality options, and Tracy Kelley in Danbury calls on the state to release a request for proposals for charter schools.

Also from the Register: Search schedule announced for interim New Haven schools chief.

Bridgeport is crazy right now. Interim Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz is resigning and blaming board member Maria Pereira.

The Bridgeport school board is in turmoil, dueling meetings were set, and the end result was more chaos

Other News

Derrell Bradford on the NAACP charter school situation: Press Tuned In to the School Choice Split in the Black Community — and That’s a Good Thing.

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 - October 12, 2016
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