by Michael Shulansky
Last week, the Northeast Charter Schools Network hosted its inaugural Charter Awareness Day at the State Capitol in Hartford, which included sharing the good work of the state’s charter schools and recognizing lawmakers who have been supportive of them.
In the early morning, school leaders, parents, and students from nearly all of the 22 public charter schools in the state arrived at the Capitol ready to share the work of their schools with elected officials from across the state. Charter educators made the trek from as close as downtown Hartford, and as far as Winsted, Norwalk, and New London.
Many legislators and their staff stopped by to check-in with their local schools, and meet leaders and parents from across the state. As a group, school leaders spoke passionately about their educational models, which range from Montessori, environmental justice to Expeditionary Learning, and the work of their educators and students.
That afternoon, charter school leaders awarded Sen. Martin Looney, Rep. Noreen Kokoruda, and Rep. Douglas McCrory with first-annual Torchbearer Awards. NECSN’s Torchbearer Awards are given to state leaders who do exceptional work on behalf of charter school children, and all three legislators have offered strong support to charters this year.
Connecticut state director Jeremiah Grace also honored longtime charter advocate Pat Sweet with NECSN’s first-ever Charter MVP award.
See pictures of Charter Awareness Day here, or view a slideshow below:
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