What We're Doing, What We're Reading - October 19, 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



Our Connecticut Advocacy Manager Jose Alfaro took to the CT Mirror to talk about the need for more ELL teachers for Connecticut's growing Hispanic population, saying:

"Kids in the classroom who are learning English as a second language aren’t just struggling to learn a new way to communicate. These kids are trying to figure out what it really means to be an American."

You can read the full piece here, or read it in Spanish here.


The NAACP approved the resolution calling for a moratorium on charter schools at its meeting in Cincinnati - a stunning show of support for a broken status quo. A group of parents protested outside before the vote, and Ron Rice of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools wrote a great piece: NAACP’s Anti-Charter Vote Was Disheartening — but What Happened on the Streets of Cincinnati Wasn’t.

Before the vote, NECSN Western New York Advocacy Manager Duncan Kirkwood responded to the NAACP's calls for a 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.


Our very own Jill Shahen presented the Choice Media Story of the Day on Instagram! Check it out here, and you can read the story she chose here.

Our Connecticut legislative breakfasts have been off the hook. It is so great connecting charter schools and their communities with their local legislators. Huge thanks to Connecticut State Representative Toni Walker and State Senator Gary Winfield for coming out to our New Haven breakfast at Booker T. Washington Academy.


And this morning we had such a great time at ISAAC in New London! We were even treated to a performance from their choral group, the Eighth Note.


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

NECSN in the News


The team at Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School is trying to open a second school, but running into opposition rooted in bigotry. Andrea responded in a letter to the Syracuse Post-Standard.


Duncan Kirkwood appeared on BOLD for a panel discussion on if charter schools are working for families of color. Check out the video on Facebook.

And make sure you read Jose's piece in the CT Mirror and Duncan in Education Post.

New York News

The Wall Street Journal, New York Post and The New York Times all came out against the NAACP's calls for a charter moratorium, and NYC charter mom Tamika Marcellin took to the Daily News to urge the NAACP to reconsider.

Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School Superintendent Tolga Hyali called on members of the community to judge the school based on its great work, not the ethnicity of some of its leaders.

Buffalo teachers are getting a bump in pay thanks to a new contract.

Jenny Sedlis of StudentsFirstNY in the New York Post: Pity the kids trapped in schools the mayor is failing to fix.

Charter parents and supporters rallied at City Hall to demand Mayor de Blasio allow charter schools to expand.

Thousands of NYC teachers are rallying today for the same reason. The Post showed support in an editorial.

From Chalkbeat: New York City’s teachers union says it’s time for ‘positive friction’ with city.

Connecticut News

Hartford mom Melissa Drayton calls for the state to release a request for proposals for new charter schools in this letter.

The New Haven school board has released the names of five interim superintendent candidates.

Another unbelievable story in the ongoing Bridgeport Board of Education saga: Police intervene at contested Bridgeport BOE meeting.

Connecticut's graduation rates are in line with the rest of the nation, but there are huge gaps between rich and poor districts.

Students in the greater New Haven area are paying attention to the presidential race, and don't much care for what they see.

The NAACP said that closing schools in Hartford's North End would violate the civil rights of Black and Hispanic students.

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What We're Doing, What We're Reading - October 19, 2016
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