Representatives from Connecticut’s public charter school community will take to the State Capitol in Hartford on Tuesday, May 2 for the third annual Charter Awareness Day.
**For Immediate Release**
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MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TUESDAY, MAY 2: Charter School Community to Advocate for Fairness, Equity at Third Annual Charter Awareness Day at the State Capitol
Hartford, CT – Representatives from Connecticut’s public charter school community will take to the State Capitol in Hartford on Tuesday, May 2 for the third annual Charter Awareness Day. The day will not only showcase the unique and diverse offerings of our state’s public charter schools, it will also serve as perhaps a final chance for parents and students to advocate for fairness and equity for charter schools during the final weeks of legislative session.
This year, Charter Awareness Day falls within National Charter Schools Week being celebrated nationwide from May 1 to May 5. It also comes on the heels of the very first charter school educator being named 2017’s National Teacher of the Year, as well as a public charter high school, Amistad Academy in New Haven, being recognized as the No. 1 public high school in the state of Connecticut by U.S. News & World Report.
Connecticut’s lawmakers, however, are poised to enter the negotiation phase of session without a concrete education funding fix that includes charter schools, leaving the state’s more than 9,000 current charter students and nearly 7,000 others on charter school waitlists in limbo. On Tuesday, parents and students will utilize every opportunity to engage with lawmakers and ask them to fairly and adequately fund charter schools. Planned activities include:
- Students and parents approaching lawmakers in the LOB corridor to advocate for the needs of charter schools from 10:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m.
- Students hand-delivering more than 100 hand-written postcards from students and parents to legislators, each detailing the needs of charter schools and asking for legislative support from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Note: NECSN will be on hand to connect media with students and parents engaging in these activities)
Tuesday’s event will include opportunities for media to speak directly with students and parents, as well as school leaders. There will also be a Torchbearer Award ceremony at 12:15 p.m. in Nathan Hale Hall honoring two charter parents, two charter school leaders and two lawmakers whose efforts have aided the charter school movement this legislative session.
To learn more about the history of charter schools in Connecticut, visit our interactive timeline, and visit this informative section on the NECSN website dedicated to the 20th anniversary of charter schools.
WHO: Connecticut’s public charter school community, the Northeast Charter Schools Network staff, families and students. Invitees include state and local elected officials.
WHAT: 3rd Annual Charter Awareness Day to include tabling and advocacy activities, as well as a program including remarks from NECSN CEO Janeene Freeman and NECSN CT State Director Jeremiah Grace, followed by awards ceremony
WHERE: Legislative Office Building. 300 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT 06106
WHEN: Tuesday, May 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the LOB Corridor and from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Nathan Hale Hall
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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