What We're Doing, What We're Reading - September 20, 2016

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

New York News


You're going to do many things with the rest of your day, and you should make sure one of those things is reading this editorial from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. The D&C chastised the city school board for turning a blind eye to the success of charter schools, saying:

"Charter schools are proving that it's possible to give Rochester's children a better future. We now have local models to examine, in order to determine what best practices should be replicated elsewhere to help other students do well, too. This should be cause for celebration."

Check out the rest of the piece: RCSD has a lot to learn from charters.

Buffalo Superintendent Kriner Cash is open to charter schools as a solution the district's woes, though he strangely cautioned that charters have to take all students. Serving all students is something charter schools already do by law, and there has been no evidence of Buffalo's charters doing anything to the contrary.

The New York Post took a look at charter high schools in New York City, highlighting University Prep Charter High School's incredible work, which includes a 97% graduation rate.

Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School was awarded $10 million as part of a contest by the Emerson Collective. Brooklyn Lab is one of the 10 winners out of 700 entrants.

A report from the Citizens Budget Commission looked at available space in NYC schools, and an editorial in the New York Post called for Mayor de Blasio to give charters the space they need.

From POLITICO New York: Letter illustrates nuances of charter school-space debate.


Eight Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School students lost everything in a fire. Come out for their Donation Day this Saturday, September 24, and offer a helping hand! Click the flyer above for more info and ways to donate.

Connecticut News

ICYMI: A historic decision was rendered in the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding case. Connecticut's education funding system was ruled unconstitutional, and officials were given six months to find a fix.

The state is appealing that decision. More from the CT Mirror.

The coalition that first brought the case is asking for the appeal to be delayed.

Zahava Stadler of EdBuild discussed the case on The 74: CT Judge Issues Sweeping School Funding Ruling — a Call All States Should Heed.

From the Hartford Courant: Superintendent's Departure Stings, But Hartford Will Move On.

Bridgeport school board members are in the midst of a feud that is threatening multiple measures. A full board vote is needed, but Board Chairman Dennis Bradley and three other members are refusing to attend another meeting until Maria Pereria resigns.

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What We're Doing, What We're Reading - September 20, 2016
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