The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools launched the ChartersWork campaign in response to the NAACP's calls for a charter school moratorium. 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.
Last week, 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.
Here's the latest news we've been keeping up on.
NECSN in the News
Buffalo Superintendent Kriner Cash recently welcomed charters as part of a solution to the district's educational crisis. However, he also cautioned that charters must serve all students.
Our New York State Director Andrea Rogers responded in a letter, saying:
"It is time for this conversation and for concrete steps toward collaboration. Charters are proving their value to children, families and the city as a whole. Buffalo cannot sustain its remarkable turnaround without better public schools. Charters are helping.
That said, we’re deeply concerned about Cash’s misstatement about the students charters educate. Charters enroll through a blind lottery; there has never been a shred of evidence that charters, as he alleged, “cherry pick” students. Many factors affect enrollment patterns, but a desire to turn away children is not one of them."
You can read the full letter here.
New York News
Some cool things happening with NY charters on the national level. First, the US Department of Education awarded $245 million to support charter schools. Among the grantees chosen to replicate or expand their programs were the Bronx Charter School for Excellence, Democracy Prep, National Center for Hebrew Language Charter School Excellence, and Uncommon Schools.
And five of the 10 NYC schools honored with the national Blue Ribbon are charter schools!
In Brooklyn, 25,000 charter school students, families and supporters rallied to call for a doubling of NYC charters by 2020. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. were among the speakers. For more check out stories from Chalkbeat and WNYC.
Finn Academy: An Elmira Charter School got good marks from the state on its first year.
In Ithaca, New Roots Charter School is looking forward to renewal.
NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina attended a ceremony at Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School where the school announced the naming of a new high school for Edmund W. Gordon, a champion of desegregation.
Another good story in the aftermath of the CCJEF decision: Ruling Outrages Families Of Students With Disabilities.
Jennifer Alexander of ConnCAN applauded the decision and called it an "important moment."
New Haven Superintendent Garth Harries reached an agreement on his exit with the Board of Education. His term will end on November 1. New Haven Mayor Toni Harp blasted the board for its continued attacks on Harries.
From the CT Post: SAT scores drop in state.
Following her surprise resignation, Hartford Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez said she expects to stay on through December 8.
Nick Lebron, a community outreach associate with Achievement First, blogged on Hispanic Heritage Month - To Be Puerto Rican, Male & From Hartford: A Hispanic Heritage Month Reflection.