What We're Doing, What We're Reading - October 25, 2016

We still need your help in protecting Connecticut's charter schools. 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 June 4, 1996, Governor John Rowland signed the law establishing public charter schools in the state of Connecticut. In doing so, he transformed the lives of tens of thousands of families in our state who, thanks to charters, have had the opportunity to choose a different kind of public school for their child.

There are eight charter schools in Connecticut now celebrating their 20th school year - that's two decades of life-changing education. These schools offer a unique perspective of how far we've come, and how far we have to go to provide more high-quality options to the kids who are still waiting for that chance. 

Over the next few months, we'll be sharing some of their stories, highlighting their students' accomplishments, showing what makes them diverse and different, and how their educators are working to make lives better for the families they serve.

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First up is the Interdistrict School for Arts and Communications (ISAAC) in New London. We caught up with ISAAC Executive Director David Howes to talk about the school’s history, what he sees as its future, and how public charters like ISAAC can play such a critical role in the community.

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Click here to read more about this incredible school!


Always a treat visiting schools! Our Jill Shahen and Andrea Rogers stopped by Finn Academy: An Elmira Charter School yesterday.

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And today stopped by Vertus Charter High School in Rochester!

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Check out the rest of the pictures on Facebook.


On the Blog

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We have really enjoyed this year's batch of Connecticut legislative breakfasts. It is always great connecting the charter school community with their legislators. Our CT Advocacy Intern Antonio Felipe blogged about our recent Bridgeport legislative breakfast.

Students, parents and legislators shared their stories and spoke about the importance of having these public school options. Read more about how the Park City charter school community came together now!

New York News

Geoffrey Rosenberger of True North Rochester Preparatory Charter School talks charter funding, accountability and performance in this fantastic op-ed for the Rochester Business Journal.

New York Post editorial: De Blasio has a moral duty to support charter schools.

Thousands of New York City teachers called on Mayor de Blasio to expand charter schools to meet the growing demand. More form the Daily News.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the top 50 NYC high schools, with KIPP Academy Charter School coming in at number two, and Democracy Prep and University Prep also making the list.

Khari Shabazz of Success Academy Harlem West spoke about the NAACP's wrong move on charter schools.

Parents in the Upper West Side are challenging a proposal to rezone elementary schools.

A dozen NYC schools are joining the city's new program to boost diversity, but four of those schools have already exceeded their targets.

Connecticut News

A poll shows that 68% of Connecticut voters support the CCJEF ruling, and 57% want to see immediate action to improve the state's schools.

New Haven community members want to be involved in the process of picking a out a new schools superintendent.

Reginald Mayo, who served as New Haven's superintendent for 21 years before retiring in 2013, is back as the new interim superintendent.

New Haven is also stepping up its recruitment of teachers of color, and looking south to do it.

From the Courant: Hartford School Board Faces Outcry Over Closings Report.

Other Reads

Ric Zappa of KIPP Bay Area talks about how restorative justice works at his school

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 25, 2016
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