What We're Doing, What We're Reading - September 6, 2016


Tomorrow is the big day! The families of the Brown v. New York lawsuit will be back in court, fighting the state’s effort to dismiss them. This landmark lawsuit challenges the state’s funding scheme for charter school children, which short-changes students statewide. That is fundamentally wrong - and we need to make our voices heard if we want to fix it.

We need your support in Rochester!

Come rally with us before the hearing to show how important this is to schools and families. Share the following flyer and information with your community. Let's make some noise!


What: Brown v. New York rally
When: Wednesday, September 7th at 8:40am
Where: 275 East Main St. (Near the Appellate Court at 50 East Avenue), Rochester, NY 14604

RSVP to dkirkwood@necharters.org.


Brown v. New York plaintiff and Rochester charter mom Maria Dalmau had an op-ed in the Democrat & Chronicle discussing the case, saying:

"We have a right to demand better for our kids. But looking for an alternative, choosing a public education that’s best for our children, should not come with a penalty. I exercised my right and found schools that fit my daughters’ needs. I will not accept that my children are worth less.

"On September 7 I will continue to fight for them and show why we deserve our day in court."

You can read the full piece here.


Our Western NY Advocacy Manager Duncan Kirkwood penned an op-ed in the Buffalo News about tomorrow's hearing. He spoke about the importance of the lawsuit, saying:

"What parent, seeing a city school district dismally fail students year after year, wouldn’t look for something better for their child? This is exactly what the families did, and their public school children deserve the same funding for their education that they’d receive in a neighboring district school."


You can read the full piece here.

NECSN staff and community partners made sure students at Booker T. Washington Academy in New Haven had a warm welcome back thanks to our back to school greeting line!


NECSN in the News

In case you missed it, our NY State Director Andrea Rogers had a piece in the New York Post also discussing the Brown v. New York lawsuit, saying:

"Charter school children are being shortchanged. The state is denying these students funding, resources and support they deserve and need to fully participate in society as adults.

"New York prides itself on being a leader when it comes to addressing other obvious inequities. Now is the time to stop discriminating against charter families. Too many children depend on their public charter school for this unequal treatment to prevail."

Read the full piece here.

New York News

Don't you just love back to school season?

The New York Daily News shared an editorial on charter schools coming back before the district: Of early birds and worms: Charter-school students are back to work, getting a jump on district-school kids.

Finn Academy: An Elmira Charter School opened its doors for its second year of school last week.

Nice piece in The Wall Street Journal from the authors of a forthcoming Harvard Education Press publication on charter schools: Charter Schools Are Reinventing Local Control in Education.

Riverhead Charter School attributes test score growth to the school's positive atmosphere.

PUC Achieve Charter School Principal Arkee Allen appeared on Good Day Rochester to discuss his inspirational journey and his school.


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

Connecticut News

Nina Rees, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, showed her support for the Martinez v. Malloy lawsuit: No More Raw Deals for Students.

More on the suit from the New Haven Register: Federal lawsuit could affect New Haven school choice.

Advocacy groups are gearing up for Connecticut's legislative races.

The Calling All Brothers group welcomed students back to school at Hartford's Martin Luther King Jr. School with a greeting line.

New Haven schools have launched the #StartStrong campaign, aimed at addressing the needs of every student.

Across Connecticut schools are increasing their use of technology in the classroom.

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