Connecticut’s public charter school movement turned 20-years old this past Saturday, marking two decades of providing students with innovative and new educational opportunities and parents with real public school choice.
Connecticut’s Charter Schools Celebrate 20 years of educating children
New Haven, CT – Connecticut’s public charter school movement turned 20-years old this past Saturday, marking two decades of providing students with innovative and new educational opportunities and parents with real public school choice.
In response, Jeremiah Grace, Connecticut state director for the Northeast Charter Schools Network said:
“Over these 20 years, Connecticut’s public charter schools have proven to be effective schools and popular choices with families. Our schools have long waiting lists because parents like what they see. Charters serve a particularly vulnerable population, with over 70% of students from low-income families.
"We know we still have huge numbers of parents who want to send their children to a charter school but don’t have access to one; that needs to change. This year alone the waitlist jumped by 60% to nearly 6,000 names.”
It was June 4, 1996 when Connecticut’s law was signed. Since then, 32 schools have opened, and tens of thousands of children have been educated across the state. Also, 8 schools have been closed by state, demonstrating a fundamental difference between public charter schools and traditional district schools. Charters operate under a performance contract and if they fail to demonstrate academic or financial success or if parents don’t choose the school, the school can be closed.
“We’re extremely proud of the work charters are doing to serve families who for one reason or another do not want their children to attend district schools. Charters not only provide families with a public tuition-free option for their children but also empower parents to take more control over their children’s education. This is particularly true among families that cannot afford private school tuition or homes in neighborhoods with better schools.”
The Northeast Charter Schools Network, along with Connecticut’s charter school parents, children and educators, will be celebrating the 20th anniversary throughout the year with various events.
Additionally, each day for 20 days NECSN will be profiling a Connecticut charter graduate for a #20Gradsin20Days series. Click here for those posts: http://www.extracreditblog.org/20grads
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is the membership and advocacy organization for the more than 250 public charter schools in Connecticut and New York. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools.
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