There are plenty of exciting developments in the charter school world right now. Here is what we're reading to get our week started...
In New York, the Senate and Assembly have released their one-house budget proposals. The Senate once again showed strong support for charter schools, but the Assembly's proposal threatens to strangle the charter movement. Read our full statement here.
NECSN CEO Kyle Rosenkrans was featured on Education Post discussing the hypocrisy in teachers unions' attacks on charters, saying:
Charters show that children—including poor and underfunded urban kids—can learn as well as their suburban counterparts.
All of this makes teachers unions terribly uncomfortable. So the unions spend millions of dollars every year to smear our schools, latch on to controversy and dismiss any shred of success our schools have—as well as the children and families who love them.
You can read the full piece here.
Our Interim NYS Director Andrea Rogers responded to the Assembly's budget proposal yesterday on POLITICO New York.
New York News
Excellent editorial from the Democrat & Chroncile: Selling closed schools to charter operators makes sense. They show support for school choice saying:
City parents deserve to have more school choice and City Council has it in its power to help make it happen by approving these sales.
New York City Charter School Center CEO James Merriman wrote a great piece for the New York Post about the success of New York City charter schools.
Broome Street Academy Charter School in SoHo was renewed for five years. Broome allocates half of its lottery seats to homeless students and has had great success preparing its students for college - 82 percent of their first graduating class went on to college.
John Taylor, Executive Director of Booker T. Washington Academy in New Haven, discusses the need for fairness in a letter to the New Haven Register.
Like other public schools across Connecticut, public charter schools face rising insurance, healthcare, facilities, and salary costs. As a school leader, I am stretching our limited funding and sacrificing in order to make ends meet. My students are no different than other public school students across the state. They deserve to be treated like it. They deserve fairness when it comes to their education.
You can read the full letter here.
Elm City College Preparatory and Amistad Academy rocked it on the state's rankings in the new Next Generation Accountability System. They were the only two schools ranked where 80% of the student body comes from low-income families and receives free or reduced-price lunches, 100% of their students are going to college.
Teachers in Connecticut are expected to get a one-year pass on having student test scores linked to their evaluations.
And most important of all...
We're looking at all of the great new posts on Extra Credit! Kyle explains why we're even doing this, and you can check out our awesome highlight reel from Charter School Advocacy Day in Albany, read more about New York charter school graduation rates, and learn more about Family Bingo Night at a Stamford charter school!