National education reform leader joins charter school community at Capitol for Charter Awareness Day this Thursday

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As Connecticut nears the 20th anniversary of its charter school law, the charter community is celebrating the diversity of its schools and welcoming a nationally recognized Hispanic education reform leader to meet with parents, school leaders, and legislators.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, April 18, 2016
CONTACT: Michael Shulansky, mshulansky@necharters.org860-922-4595
 
ADVISORY: National education reform leader joins charter school community at Capitol for Charter Awareness Day this Thursday
 
Hartford, CT – As Connecticut nears the 20th anniversary of its charter school law, the charter community is celebrating the diversity of its schools and welcoming a nationally recognized Hispanic education reform leader to meet with parents, school leaders, and legislators.
 
Julio Fuentes, President and CEO of Hispanic CREO (the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options) will be at the Capitol in Hartford this Thursday, April 21st for Charter Awareness Day. He will join parents and educators from nearly all of Connecticut’s public charter schools.
 
Hispanics are among the most undereducated ethnic groups in the United States. Founded in 2001, Hispanic CREO works to address this crisis by helping parents advocate for their children and for policies that expand educational opportunity. Hispanic CREO is the only national public policy Hispanic organization dedicated solely to K-12 education reform to advocate for parents and children.
 
Twenty-eight percent of Connecticut’s public charter school students are Hispanic, 59% are Black or African American and 72% are from low-income families. In English, 81% of charters outperform their local districts while 65% outperform their local districts in Math.
 
"Hispanic families overwhelmingly support school choice as a tool to find the right school option for their children," Mr. Fuentes said. "I'm honored to join with families in Connecticut to help spread the word and keep the momentum going."
 
Throughout the day, educators, parents, and students will be sharing the work of their schools with lawmakers. The charter community will also gather at Nathan Hale Hall in the State Capitol to present two parents and two school leaders with the second annual Torchbearer Awards. The Northeast Charter Schools Network’s Torchbearer Awards are given to community leaders that do exceptional work on behalf of Connecticut’s public charter school students. 
 
WHO: Julio Fuentes, President and CEO of Hispanic CREO, parents, and public charter school leaders from charters across Connecticut, and the Northeast Charter Schools Network.
 
WHAT: Meet and greet state leaders all day, and an awards presentation at 12:30 p.m. at Nathan Hale Hall. 
 
WHEN: Thursday, April 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Award ceremony at 12:30 p.m.
 
WHERE: Legislative Office Building and Nathan Hale Hall at the State Capitol
210 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
 
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.
50 Elm St, New Haven, CT 06510
 
 
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