Charter Association Congratulates Brass City Charter School for Being Named a 'School of Distinction' by the State

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Connecticut's State Department of Education this week recognized 116 schools across the state as Schools of Distinction; among these was Brass City Charter School in Waterbury. 

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**For Immediate Release: March 3, 2017**
Contact: Kerisha Harris, (203) 907-7238kharris@necharters.org

Charter Association Congratulates Brass City Charter School for Being Named a ‘School of Distinction’ by the State

New Haven, CT Connecticut's State Department of Education this week recognized 116 schools across the state as Schools of Distinction; among these was Brass City Charter School in Waterbury. This charter school was recognized for being among the top 10 percent highest-performing elementary/middle schools with respect to the Accountability Index, as well as for being among the top 10 percent of schools with the greatest improvement.

Northeast Charter Schools Network Connecticut State Director Jeremiah Grace said"We could not be more excited for the Brass City Charter School community on this well-deserved honor. This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the leadership, staff and educators of this school. It’s also proof that when given access to a high-quality education, children from cities like Waterbury can achieve high academic success just like their counterparts in wealthy, suburban districts.

It is vital for cities like Waterbury to offer families choice when it comes to education. For the 2015/2016 school year, Brass City had more students on their waitlist than they actually were able to serve. This is just part of why Brass City Charter School, like other charter schools seeking grade and/or seat growth, deserves fair and equitable funding from the state in order to grow to scale and provide another option for families.

Recent data shows that the Waterbury district was in the bottom 10 percent in 2016 for English and Math on the SBAC, and was among the bottom 5 percent for graduation rates in 2015. So we commend Brass City Charter School, a school that exclusively serves 100 percent students from Waterbury, for all that they do in order to help close the achievement gap in this city."

About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is the membership and advocacy organization for the more than 250 charter schools in New York and Connecticut. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools.

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