In an action packed year fueled by ever-growing support of public charter schools, a variety of high-profile individuals voiced their support to ensure students have access to a high-quality education. The voices behind the movement this year included some of biggest names in sports and entertainment.
Let’s look back at some of the top celebrity headlines within the charter school movement this year!
Most sports fans remember Earl “The Pearl” Monroe for his dominating ball handling and fast breaks to the hoop, and now he’s sharing his love for the game with the creation of a basketball-themed charter school. The Lewis Katz New Renaissance Basketball Academy Charter School is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020 in the Bronx. Hear why this Hall of Fame basketball legend wanted to create a charter school.
Super Bowl champion and former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley made headlines when he announced that he was opening a charter school in his hometown. The Woodley Leadership Academy was the Michigan All-American‘s way to give back to his community.
Diddy’s generosity once again shocked the charter school world with an announcement that he would pledge $1 million to Capital Preparatory Schools to help set up a new location for school in the Bronx. The charter academies founder Dr. Steve Perry called Diddy’s act of kindness “motivating.”
Entertainment company BESE, highlighted Crete Academy and its founder Hattie Mitchell were highlighted in a piece entitled “Living on The Line,” as part of their Sea of Change series highlighting important social issues in society. Actress and BESE founder Zoe Saldana tweeted in support of this charter school that’s specifically designed to serve the needs of children experiencing poverty and homelessness.
Detroit Prep issued a challenge to the community to raise money for a new school facility. Pop star Madonna answered the elementary school’s call by pledging $100,000 and asking fans to help donate to the school’s $2 million capital campaign.
Kelsey Nelson is the manager of campaigns and publications at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
See other posts in our 2018 in Review series:
- Top 10 Posts on The Charter Blog in 2018
- Top 10 Highlights from the National Alliance in 2018
- State and Legal 'Greatest Hits' for Charter Schools in 2018
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