The Northeast Charter Schools Network issued the following reply to a NYSUT spokesman’s response to a letter sent today to NYSUT's Karen Magee and the UFT's Michael Mulgrew.
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 11, 2015
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Charter association responds to NYSUT claims
Albany, NY – The Northeast Charter Schools Network issued the following reply to a NYSUT spokesman’s response to a letter sent today to NYSUT's Karen Magee and the UFT's Michael Mulgrew. The letter criticized Mulgrew and Magee for holding "emergency meetings” in response to Governor Cuomo's proposed education reforms, and not when tens of thousands of children continue to suffer in underperforming schools. Advocates for Children and others have pointed out that the New York City Department of Education's special education system is failing its students. (Read more here)
Northeast Charter Schools Network CEO Kyle Rosenkrans, who worked as a civil rights attorney in New Jersey before joining the charter association, said: "It's well documented that many districts over-classify low-income students of color into special education and a lifetime of low expectations and shoddy services. While charter schools aim to serve every special education student to the highest level and fully comply with the law, these school district practices are not something we necessarily want to replicate. True equity occurs not when we reach some statistical quota, but when we help all kids reach their fullest potential.”
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional 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 in the region.
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