What We're Doing, What We're Reading - September 26, 2016


In response to the NAACP's calls for a charter school moratorium, the ChartersWork campaign was launched last week under the leadership of the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. This campaign gives parents, leaders, and others the chance to share the story of why more than 700,000 Black families have chosen charter schools across the country.

The campaign kicked off with the release of a letter signed by over 160 Black education and community leaders calling on the NAACP to reconsider and to learn more about the benefits of charter schools. Signees include Cheryl Brown Henderson, daughter of Oliver Brown, plaintiff in Brown v. Board of Education, and founding president and CEO of the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research; Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone; and Dr. Howard Fuller of BAEO.

NECSN's own Connecticut State Director Jeremiah Grace and Western NY Advocacy Manager Duncan Kirkwood also signed on.

You can read the letter in full here.

You can see the joint statement from National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and BAEO here.


We had a great time at the ribbon cutting for Bronx Charter School for Excellence's newly renovated building. It was a beautiful building, and so great to see kids enjoying it.

You can see more pictures in our Facebook photo album.


We also stopped by New Beginnings Family Academy's Back to School Night. You can check out some more pictures from that on Facebook.

Our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month continues! Once again we are sharing quotes from influential people of Hispanic descent. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter for more!



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

New York News

We’re proud to support parents, students and educators celebrating our great movement this Wednesday in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. We’re also excited that Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) will be the keynote speaker.

If you want to know more or want to participate, please contact Andrea (arogers@necharters.org).

Ahead of that event, Congressman Jeffries and 18 other NYC elected officials signed a letter praising the "world-class education" charter schools give students.

Leaders from Achievement First, Uncommon Schools, KIPP, Public Prep and Coney Island Prep joined together for an op-ed in the New York Daily News: To lift achievement, grow charters.

In case you missed it, check out this editorial from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle: RCSD has a lot to learn from charters.

Speaking of Rochester charters, the Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts was featured in the latest edition of Principal Magazine by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Read about their collaborations within the community and how arts have shaped the school's curriculum and culture.

New York City's first orchestra music charter school is set to open next year.

The New York Post again called for Mayor de Blasio's administration to give charter schools space.

Connecticut News

New Haven Superintendent Garth Harries is negotiating an early exit from his position.

A new report shows that nearly one in five Connecticut high school students is not engaged at school.

On the CCJEF case: Supreme Court to hear appeal of school reform case.

Despite the appeal, the Norwalk school board meeting last week saw conversation on the need to have a better funding system for Connecticut's students.

From the Hartford Courant: Urban School Advocates Urge Lawmakers To Tackle Equity Issues Quickly.

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven announced $1.3 million in Promise scholarship funding over the next three years.

Other Reading

From Chalkbeat: Terence Crutcher was a KIPP parent, and the charter school network urges action.

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Responding to the NAACP; Ribbon cutting in the Bronx; Back to school in CT
What We're Doing, What We're Reading - September 26, 2016
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