We are happy to share news of our 2018 Champions for Charters—an honor that dates back to 2006, when the National Alliance first began spotlighting local, state, and federal elected officials who are leading the charge to give parents and students better public school opportunities.
This Teacher Appreciation Day, I hope we can remember that behind every headline about teachers, there are countless stories, like these, of teachers who care deeply about their work and who keep students at the center of every decision they make. Which is, in a word, inspiring.
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (National Alliance) joins families, schools, and communities across the country in celebrating National Charter Schools Week, May 7-11, 2018.
Lagra Newman, founder and head of school at Purpose Preparatory Academy, was a participant in the third annual School Leaders of Color cohort facilitated by the National Alliance. She discusses her charter school's model and future with Briana Gilchrist from the National Alliance.
Tucked away in northeast Philadelphia, the Math Science and Technology Community Charter School (MaST), leverages STEM, robotics, and arts to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. At MaST, students grapple with real-life challenges and hands-on experiments, both in the science labs as well as their outdoor classroom.
Fordham’s analysis supports the idea that—even after 25 years—there is still plenty of room for the charter school movement to grow. But urbanization, economic and demographic change, and supply constraints will require innovative and creative solutions, a broad and strong coalition of advocates and reformers, and intentional strategies to address existing and newly developing areas of need.
Along with working hard to meet our college requirements, at Environmental Charter High School we learn about environmental issues and create solutions that are incorporated into our classes. Through courses like Environmental Science and Green Ambassadors, we are able to take a deep dive into issues such as climate change, deforestation, and carbon emissions; the list goes on.
After the 2016 election, there was hope that a long-awaited change would come for Kentucky’s public school students. However, in a shocking failure of leadership, Kentucky became the first state in the nation to enact a public charter school law one year and immediately stall it the next.
Today, the Circuit Court of the Second Judicial Circuit in Leon County ruled in favor of parents, students and public charter school leaders in the state of Florida who have been defending their right to equitable funding.
Many schools with a classical learning model teach logic, rhetoric, and grammar while emphasizing Latin and/or Greek language. Using this model, Archimedean Conservatory propelled itself to the top of state and national lists for best middle and high schools.