Celebrating 20 Years of Connecticut Charter Schools

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On June 4, 1996, Governor John Rowland signed the law establishing public charter schools in the state of Connecticut. In doing so, he transformed the lives of tens of thousands of families in our state who, thanks to charters, have had the opportunity to choose a different kind of public school for their child.

There are eight charter schools in Connecticut now celebrating their 20th school year - that's two decades of life-changing education. These schools offer a unique perspective of how far we've come, and how far we have to go to provide more high-quality options to the kids who are still waiting for that chance.

To celebrate, we are sharing stories, highlighting students' accomplishments, showing what makes charters diverse and different, and showing how their educators are working to make lives better for the families they serve.

Impact of Charter Schools: A Panel Discussion

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Connecticut's 24 charters are unique and innovative -- and the Northeast Charter Schools Network will take a deep dive into their programs for our second annual Impact of Charter Schools panel discussion on Wednesday, December 7, at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport.

Last year's Impact of Charter School discussion brought the community together for an open and honest dialogue about our schools -- and we're excited to engage parents, teachers, students, and advocates again for an evening dedicated to addressing the growing educational needs of children and families.

Learn more about the event and RSVP here

Charter School Timeline

We have a wonderful, comprehensive timeline showing how far these amazing schools have come. Check it out!

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Celebrating 20 Years of CT Charters

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Eight Connecticut charters are celebrating their 20th school year this year, and and over the next few months we will be sharing some of their stories. Learn more about Jumoke Academy in Hartford! 

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Jumoke Academy is one of eight Connecticut public charter schools celebrating its 20th school year. The Hartford charter school opened its doors in 1997 and now serves 708 scholars from pre-k to 8th grade. Jumoke operates 3 campuses around the city. Having this option in the city for so long has been paramount to ensuring that families have access to a quality school.

Read more. 

20 Grads in 20 Days

20 years ago this past June, the charter school law was signed! In celebration of that, we profiled 20 charter grads from around the state. Enjoy reading about our charter schools and the stellar kids they're educating.

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Read more now!

Listen - Celebrating CT Charters on The Grade

On this episode of The Grade, we are joined by NECSN CT State Director Jeremiah Grace for a conversation with Alex Johnston of Impact for Education, Liz Cox of Common Ground High School, and Bruce Ravage of Park City Prep Charter School. Relax and enjoy a conversation on the state of Connecticut's charter movement and education reform after two decades.

Listen now!


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