First New Connecticut Public Charter School in Five Years Opens Today in Waterbury

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For Immediate Release: Sept. 4, 2013
Contact: CJ Macklin, 518-390-5592,

First New Connecticut Public Charter School in Five Years Opens Today in Waterbury
Brass City Charter School will educate some of city’s most at-risk children

Hartford, Connecticut – Today, Brass City Charter School opened its doors to 114 new students for its first day of class. The Waterbury, Conn. school, which was approved by the Connecticut State Board of Education in June, is the first new public charter school to open since 2008.

Beginning with grades pre-K through first, Brass City will educate some of the most at-risk students in the state’s fourth-largest city. Its goal is to eventually expand into a full elementary and middle school. School administrator, Barbara Ruggiero, and Northeast Charter Schools Network Connecticut State Director, Jeremiah Grace, made the following statement:

“Our goal is to provide some of Waterbury’s most underserved children with a high-quality education and a strong social and emotional learning program. Brass City will enable students to soar academically and develop as people of character, leading meaningful and productive lives both for themselves and for their community,” Ruggiero said. “This is an exciting day for us, and it is an exciting day for our students as they begin a new chapter in their academic lives.”

“As Waterbury’s first public charter school, Brass City is playing a major role in closing our state’s worst-in-the-nation achievement gap. Their efforts will help ensure that more public school students get a great education, regardless of race, wealth or zip code.” Gracesaid. “We look forward to working with Brass City as they grow and expand, and encourage other community groups to come together to open additional good schools in the city."

[Click here for photos of the first day of school.]

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