We are on high alert in Albany. A budget deal could be reached as early as this week. The Senate and Assembly recently released their budget proposals and last week our Interim NYS Director Andrea Rogers thanked the Senate for their "unwavering commitment to the more than 120,000 students in New York charter schools."
And in Hartford, our Connecticut State Director Jeremiah Grace responded to the GOP's proposed cuts to charter school funding, calling the proposal "totally irresponsible."
We are monitoring activity at both Capitols closely and will provide any updates as they come.
Now stop what you're doing and watch this video. Charter School Advocacy Day in Albany was a huge success. Check out some excellent highlights from the day. It is great to see charters getting such bipartisan support from members of the Senate and Assembly.
On the Blog
Robert Bellafiore looks at Teddy Roosevelt and what it truly means to be progressive.
NECSN Interim NYS Director Andrea Rogers lays out the good, the bad and the ugly for charter schools in the Assembly and Senate budget proposals.
Our New York City Advocacy Manger John Sanchez is a pretty cool guy with a pretty neat story. Read more about why his work with charter schools is more than just a job.
Our Western NY Advocacy Manager Duncan Kirkwood asks if this will be the year that we become One New York.
During the holiday season, charter school students and teachers around New York shared their wish lists for their schools. Find out what happened when one Bronx charter student wished for laptops at her school.
NECSN in the News
Andrea also responded to the Assembly's budget proposal on POLITICO New York.
Jeremiah's response to the GOP's cuts showed up in the Hartford Courant.
"These cuts would deepen an already glaring inequity in charter funding, forcing mass layoffs and cuts to critical services, which would make offering a high-quality education nearly impossible.''
And the Long Island Exchange was kind enough to cover the launch of this very blog!
New York News
Betty Rosa was just named the new Chancellor of the Board of Regents. In today's Wall Street Journal piece on her, she says she supports strong charter schools. But in his column for the New York Post, Adam Brodsky says Rosa's appointment is "nailing the coffin shut on school reform and on the dreams of thousands of New York school kids — particularly poor blacks and Hispanics." We hope she is supportive of the families and teachers in the charter sector, but only time will tell what her leadership will bring.
The Post showed support for charters in an editorial, calling out Assembly proposals as the union's usual anti-charter rhetoric. The Daily News also responded to charter criticism in an editorial, looking at data from WNYC on how charters retain their students.
Rafiq R. Kalam Id-Din II of Teaching Firms of America Charter School discusses the unfair funding of Black students in charter schools and district schools in this powerful piece for New York Slant.
As a Black man, a founder, leader and teacher at one of the few Black-led charter schools in New York, I call on every one of our legislators and executives to push for transformational change and oppose any tolerance for the persistence of this funding inequity. Our leaders must do their part to ensure that Black children are counted as three-fifths no more.
Eva Moskowitz talks discipline in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal.
Charters are outperforming their districts no matter which way you look at the numbers - but despite that, UFT boss
Mike Mulgrew ignores the facts in favor of spin.
A UCLA study found charter schools suspend Black and disabled students more. We're not sold on the study. Stay tuned for our analysis.
Charter schools got some nice editorial support from The Day, which called the GOP's proposed cuts to charter school funding "impractical."
Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell reaffirmed her position that state assessments be linked to teacher evaluations, and said participation in assessments is a civil rights issue.
From the CT Mirror - Governor Malloy has ordered $79 million in emergency cuts, most of which take aim at social services and education.
Interesting read from Connecticut Post - Bridgeport parents scramble to enroll children in 'good' schools.
60 Minutes reports on St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark where 50 percent of the students are black and 30 percent are Hispanic - almost all come from low income families. Their results are phenomenal with a 98 percent graduation rate.
NECSN Press Releases
CT Charters Condemn Proposed Budget Cuts - March 15