Today: Charter School Advocates Hold "Classroom Without Walls" to Highlight 49,000 Charter Students Statewide Denied Public Funding for Facilities

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A civics class will be held outside Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 10:30 am at Bowling Green, Lower Manhattan to dramatize the challenges of the more than 49,000 children whose charter schools receive no public funding for their facilities and must divert millions of dollars to pay rent.
 
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Media Contacts:
NYC Charter School Center: Jon Reinish, 202-999-0461, jreinish@skdknick.com
Northeast Charter Schools Network: Jessica Mokhiber, 518-573-0516, jmokhiber@necharters.org
NYC Coalition of Community Charter Schools: Arthur Samuels, MESA Charter High School, 917-257-6876, asamuels@mesacharter.org
 
 
TODAY: CHARTER SCHOOL ADVOCATES HOLD “CLASSROOM WITHOUT WALLS” TO HIGHLIGHT 49,000 CHARTER STUDENTS STATEWIDE DENIED PUBLIC FUNDING FOR FACILITIES
 
Charter schools forced to spend $118 million on rent in private buildings
 
 (New York, NY, November 18, 2014) –A civics class will be held outside Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 10:30 am at Bowling Green, Lower Manhattan to dramatize the challenges of the more than 49,000 children whose charter schools receive no public funding for their facilities and must divert millions of dollars to pay rent. This money could be spent on teachers, guidance counselors, computers, afterschool programs and more. Hosted by the New York City Charter School Center and Northeast Charter Schools Network, in conjunction with the NYC Coalition of Community Schools, this event calls on state leaders to ensure all public schools are receiving equal facility funding.
 
WHAT: Outdoor public civics class for charter school students: "Classroom
Without Walls": 10:30 am – 11 am
Speaker line-up: 11 am – 11:30 am

WHERE: Subway Plaza at Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan
WHEN: Tuesday, November 18 at 10:30 am
WHO: New York City Charter School Students 
James Merriman, CEO, New York City Charter School Center 
Kyle Rosenkrans, CEO, Northeast Charter Schools Network 
Vasthi Acosta, Principal, Amber Charter School 
Steven Wilson, CEO, Ascend Learning Matthew Greenberg, School Leader and Founder, Growing Up Green Charter School 
Barbara McKeon, Head of School, Broome Street Academy Charter School & founding member of NYC Coalition of Community Charter Schools 
Kenneth Byalin, President, Lavelle Preparatory Charter School
Charlene Reid, Head of School, Bronx Charter School for Excellence

 
The New York City Charter School Center and the Northeast Charter Schools Network will release “Still Building Inequality,” a new research paper analyzing data and highlighting facilities funding trends statewide.
 
 
About the New York City Charter School Center
The New York City Charter School Center is an independent non-profit committed to fostering an environment in which public charters can open and flourish, and, through their innovative approaches, provide models for improving all public schools. The Charter Center helps new charter schools get started, supports existing schools, and engages the charter school community around key issues.  Learn more about the New York City Charter School Center at www.nyccharterschools.org.
 
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional advocacy organization for the more than 200 charter schools in New York and Connecticut. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools in the region. Learn more at http://necharters.org.  
 
About the NYC Coalition of Community Charter Schools
The NYC Coalition of Community Charter Schools includes over 50 New York City public charter schools in all five boroughs educating over 15,000 students.  The Coalition provides a voice for the many community charter public schools in New York City.  It endeavors to grow and sustain a vibrant, collaborative, and high-quality charter school sector that meets the diverse educational needs of all students, particularly those who have traditionally been underserved.
 

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