Thanks to all who joined us in celebrating charters during the 12th annual National Charter Schools Week!
Our advocacy efforts, both online and on Capitol Hill, were a great success this year:
- 75 participants from 35 states participated in nearly 200 meetings with Members of Congress and their staff;
- Nearly 100 advocates used our text campaign to contact their elected representatives to express support for high quality charter schools;
- The NAPCS honored Rep. “Buck” McKeon (CA-25) with his [Champion for Charters Award] at a reception in the House of Representatives;
- President Obama formally acknowledges National Charter Schools Week by issuing an official Presidential Proclamation.
Participants came to Washington D.C. from as far as Hawaii and as close as Maryland to meet with policymakers to discuss how the federal government can better support the growth and development of high-quality charter schools. In addition to the Washington based activities, National Charter Schools Week was marked across the nation by supporter-hosted rallies, school tours, student competitions and various acknowledgements of charter school success by state level officials.
In Texas, more than 1700 parents of charter students returned rallied to encourage lawmakers to complete their work and send the bills to the Governor’s desk.
In Georgia, charter students pose with Governor Nathan Deal and the National Charter School’s Week proclamation.