WASHINGTON, D.C. Today the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools announced the three newest inductees to the Charter School Hall of Fame: Eva Moskowitz, Chester E. Finn, Jr., and the Doris and Donald Fisher Fund.
The Hall of Fame honors those who have furthered the important mission of charter schools to provide more children with access to a high-quality education, said Nina Rees, President and CEO of the National Alliance. Hall of Fame members include school teachers and leaders, thinkers, policy experts, and funders that have paved the way for the success and growth of public charter schools. They have strengthened public charter schools nationwide and inspired us to do more for our nations students.
Below is more information about each of the honorees, why they were selected, and a link to a short video highlighting their work and impact on the growth of high-quality charter schools.
After serving on the New York City Council, Eva Moskowitz became convinced that she could have the greatest impact on public education by starting charter schools. Moskowitz founded Success Academies in 2006; and today Success Academies has 22 charter schools serving almost 7,000 elementary and middle school students. Under Eva's leadership, Success Academy students are performing in the top 1 percent of New York State schools in math and the top 7 percent in English.
Chester E. Finn, Jr.
Hailed as one of the intellectual godfathers of the charter school movement, Chester Checker E. Finn, Jr. has been working on charter school policy and advocacy since the 1990s. He has authored nearly 10 books about charter schools, more than a dozen reports, and more than 60 articles. He was a founding member of the National Alliance and since 1996 has led the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a leading education reform think tank.
Doris and Donald Fisher Fund
Started in the 1990s, the Doris and Donald Fisher Fund has played a significant role in the expansion of high-quality charter schools. Most notably, the Fisher Fund helped grow KIPP from just two schools in Houston and New York City to 141 public charter schools across 20 states serving more than 50,000 students. In addition to its work with KIPP, the Fisher Fund is a longtime philanthropic supporter of the California Charter Schools Association and the Charter School Growth Fund, which supports the expansion of high-performing charter school networks.
The Charter School Hall of Fame was initiated by the National Alliance in 2007 and now has 26 members. Each year nominations are accepted and evaluated by a selection panel that chooses new honorees based on: their pioneering efforts in the development/growth of charter schools; their long term commitment and contributions to charter schools and education; their innovative ideas and successful implementation of those ideas; and their inspiration to others in the charter school movement. To learn more about the criteria for selection and see a full list of past inductees, click here.
About Public Charter Schools
Public charter schools are independent, public, and tuition-free schools that are given the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Since 2010, all but one independent research study has found that students in charter schools do better in school than their traditional school peers. For example, one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that charter schools do a better job teaching low income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center for Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood.
About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter sector. For more information, please visit our website at www.publiccharters.org.
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