Selected readings on US charter schools
The Governor Malloy and state lawmakers put together a budget that fulfills most of the promises made in last year’s education reform law by increasing per-pupil funding and allocating more money for new charter schools. And in recent weeks, the state Department of Education has approved two state charter school applications.
In a terrible fiscal climate, this was a good six months for charters.
Our small charter community has been a blessing to me, as I’ve come to know staff and parents at all of our 17 schools. Watching them come together throughout the legislative session to fight for our children’s education was incredible.
I was even more touched by charter parents’ willingness – without a second thought – to advocate for more new charter schools so that other families can have the same of opportunity they do. It’s clear that charter parents are as committed to their schools as they are compassionate for the families who want better public school options.
Meanwhile, community leaders, non-profits and other organizations were busy trying to create more great public charters schools. After meeting the whirlwind application deadline, working with partners in their target communities to assess need and tailor their school design, and making their case at a public hearing, one local and two state charter schools are on their way:
It has been my pleasure to work with some of these dedicated school founders, who took a chance with Connecticut’s unwieldy application process and long odds. I look forward to supporting them as they launch their new schools.
We still have a long way to go before every child in Connecticut has access to a good public school education, but it humbles me to know that I am working with such a great group of parents and school leaders. Together, we can close our state’s achievement gap, and create more great public schools.
Source: Northeast Charter Schools Network (blog) – by Jeremiah Grace