Press Release https://www.publiccharters.org/ en National Alliance Congratulates the 2021 U.S. Department of Education Charter Schools Program Grant Recipients https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/09/30/national-alliance-congratulates-2021-us-department-education-charter-schools <span>National Alliance Congratulates the 2021 U.S. Department of Education Charter Schools Program Grant Recipients</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/jennifer" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jennifer</span></span> <span>Tue, 09/28/2021 - 13:41</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/press-release" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-09-30T12:00:00Z">September 30, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span>The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement announced the recipients of $<span>42</span> million in Credit Enhancement grants to help charter schools meet the cost of financing facilities. All charter schools are public schools, but they often lack equitable access to public buildings and public funding. Access to facilities financing is an important part of expanding opportunity to public charter schools for America’s families. This grant is part of the Charter Schools Program (CSP), the nation’s only source of dedicated federal funding for the creation and replication of high-quality public charter schools.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>2021 Recipients are: </span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span>Equitable Facilities Fund, Inc.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>BlueHub Loan Fund, Inc.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Massachusetts Development Finance Agency</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>California School Finance Authority </span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span>“The National Alliance extends our congratulations to the recipients of this year’s CSP grant competition as they work to meet the demand for more high-quality public school options across the country," said Nina Rees, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. "Public charter schools are an integral part of the public education landscape and Credit Enhancement Grants are essential to help new public charter schools provide safe, innovative, and inspirational learning environments for students.”    </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Currently, more than 7,500 charter schools serve nearly 3.5 million public school students across 43 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico – and a growing number of families are demanding more. A recent </span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/09/22/new-report-shows-families-voting-their-feet-and-choosing-charter-schools"><span>report</span></a><span> from the National Alliance says public charter school enrollment increased 7% during the 2020-2021 school year. In all, nearly 240,000 new students enrolled in these unique public schools during the first complete school year of the pandemic, while 1.4 million students left their district public schools.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>About the </span><a href="https://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/charter-schools/credit-enhancement-for-charter-school-facilities-program/"><span>CSP Grants for Credit Enhancement for the Charter School Facilities Program</span></a><span>: </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>This program provides grants to eligible entities to enhance the credit of charter schools. Charter schools generally lack equitable access to taxpayer-funded facilities and have limited access to the funding streams available to school districts and often have to diversify classroom spending to support facility costs. These CSP awards support charter schools in accessing capital at lower interest rates to acquire, construct, and renovate facilities at a reasonable cost, which means they have more funds available to spend in the classroom, rather than on the classroom. </span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/charter-schools-program" hreflang="en">Charter Schools Program</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/facilities-funding" hreflang="en">facilities funding</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 28 Sep 2021 17:41:44 +0000 jennifer 28029 at https://www.publiccharters.org Fifteen Public Charter Schools Recognized as 2021 Blue Ribbon School Award Winners https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/09/24/fifteen-public-charter-schools-recognized-2021-blue-ribbon-school-award <span>Fifteen Public Charter Schools Recognized as 2021 Blue Ribbon School Award Winners</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/jennifer" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jennifer</span></span> <span>Fri, 09/24/2021 - 10:38</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/press-release" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-09-24T12:00:00Z">September 24, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>This week, the U.S. Department of Education recognized 302 public schools as </span><a href="https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-announces-2021-national-blue-ribbon-schools"><span>2021 National Blue Ribbon School winners</span></a><span>. Of these public school winners, </span><a href="https://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/awardwinners/reports/2021/2021_charter_schools.pdf"><span>15 of them are public charter schools</span></a><span>. Blue Ribbon School awards are based on a school’s progress in closing the achievement gap among student groups or exceptional overall academic performance. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>National Alliance for Public Charter Schools President and CEO Nina Rees released the following statement:</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is proud of the 15 charter schools receiving 2021 Blue Ribbon School awards. We are thrilled to once again see the charter school sector’s strong representation in this year’s cohort and applaud each school’s commitment to the Blue Ribbon award’s nationally recognized standards of excellence.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A recent </span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/09/22/new-report-shows-families-voting-their-feet-and-choosing-charter-schools"><span>report</span></a><span> by the National Alliance shows that hundreds of thousands of families switched to charter schools during the first full year of the COVID pandemic, signaling strong demand for new public school options. Charter school enrollment has not grown this much in a single year in half a decade. During the 2020-21 school year, the pandemic forced schools of all types to close their doors and switch to remote learning. Many families were dissatisfied with the quality of what was available to their children. And that dissatisfaction led them to learn more about the other educational options available. For many families, charter schools’ nimbleness and flexibility made them the right public school choice.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said the following of the 2021 cohort of winners:<br /> <br /> “I commend all of our Blue Ribbon honorees for working to keep students healthy and safe while meeting their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs. In the face of unprecedented circumstances, [they] found creative ways to engage, care for, protect, and teach our children.” </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Now in its 39th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed approximately 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools. The award recipients are selected based on state assessments (or nationally-normed tests), student scores, and student subgroup scores. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The following charter schools were recognized as 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools:</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Alaska: Soldotna Montessori Charter School, Soldotna</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Arizona: Desert View Academy, Yuma</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>California: </span></span></span> <ul> <li><span><span><span>Elevate School, San Diego</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>University High School, Fresno</span></span></span></li> </ul> </li> <li><span><span><span>District of Columbia: Basis DC Public Charter School</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Florida: </span></span></span> <ul> <li><span><span><span>AcadeMir Charter School Middle, Miami</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Charter School of Excellence at Davie, Pembroke Pines</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Somerset Academy Silver Palms, Homestead</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Terrace Community Middle School, Tampa</span></span></span></li> </ul> </li> <li><span><span><span>Louisiana:</span></span></span> <ul> <li><span><span><span>Benjamin Franklin High School, New Orleans</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Lake Forest Elementary School, New Orleans</span></span></span></li> </ul> </li> <li><span><span><span>Minnesota: St. Croix Preparatory Academy Middle School, Stillwater</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Nevada: Pinecrest Academy of Nevada Inspirada, Henderson</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>New York: Icahn Charter School 3, Bronx</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>North Carolina: Sallie B. Howard Charter School, Wilson</span></span></span></li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/nina-rees" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/us-department-education" hreflang="en">U.S. Department of Education</a></div> </div> </div> Fri, 24 Sep 2021 14:38:58 +0000 jennifer 27992 at https://www.publiccharters.org New Report Shows Families Voting With Their Feet and Choosing Charter Schools https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/09/22/new-report-shows-families-voting-their-feet-and-choosing-charter-schools <span>New Report Shows Families Voting With Their Feet and Choosing Charter Schools</span> <h4 class="field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field--item">Public charter schools experienced enrollment gains amid historic decline in overall public school enrollment</h4> <span><span lang="" about="/user/brittnee" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Brittnee</span></span> <span>Tue, 09/21/2021 - 10:03</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/press-release" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-09-22T12:00:00Z">September 22, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span>Hundreds of thousands of families switched to charter schools during the first full year of the COVID pandemic, signaling strong demand for new public school options. Charter school enrollment has not grown this much in a single year in half a decade. Conversely, district enrollment dropped precipitously during the same period. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>According to </span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/enrollment"><strong><span>Voting with Their Feet: A State-level Analysis of Public Charter School and District Public School Enrollment Trends</span></strong></a><span>, a new report by the <strong>National Alliance for Public Charter Schools</strong>, charter school enrollment increased 7% during the 2020-2021 school year. In all, nearly 240,000 new students enrolled in these unique public schools, while 1.4 million students left their district public schools. Charter schools are an important part of the </span><span>public school ecosystem. Without them, overall public school enrollment declines would have been far worse, and many families would have suffered even more during this time of unprecedented challenge.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>An analysis of available data in 42 states (including the District of Columbia) reveals charter school growth in all types of communities – rural, suburban, and urban. Oklahoma, Texas, and Pennsylvania top the list of states with the highest number of new students. California and Arizona saw increased charter school enrollment from nearly every racial and ethnic group, with California’s public charter schools experiencing particularly large increases of Asian, Filipino, Hispanic, and multi-racial students. In Arizona, public charter schools saw increases of Black and white students. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“Families are sending a clear message,” said <strong>Nina Rees, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools</strong>. “They want more public school options. From the Pacific Northwest to the Deep South, the pandemic forced families to rethink where and how education could be delivered to their children. And now that they know what’s available, why would they go back to an option that never really worked for them in the first place? Families are voting with their feet and finding the best fit for their children. It is gratifying to see the data prove what I hear from families of charter school students everyday: Public charter schools work for them, and they want more.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Nearly every state with public charter schools saw enrollment increases – and this trend is not likely to reverse. For example, charter school enrollment in Georgia grew 9% during the reporting period and recent </span><a href="https://gacharters.org/press-releases/majority-of-voters-support-public-charter-schools-statewide-charter-expansion/"><span>polling</span></a><span> released by the Georgia Charter Schools Association shows 65% of registered voters in Georgia hold favorable views of public charter schools. Similarly, in its </span><a href="https://info.ccsa.org/blog/support-for-charter-schools-all-time-high"><span>annual poll</span></a><span>, California Charter Schools Association found more than three in four California voters believe parents have the right to choose a charter school if they think it is better for their child.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Illinois, Iowa, and Wyoming are the only states in this report that saw even a modest decrease in charter school enrollment during this period, and in those states district school enrollment loss was significantly higher. Nationally, charter schools are the only part of the public education sector to grow during the COVID pandemic. Data was unavailable from Tennessee, Kansas, Puerto Rico, and Guam. These states and territories are not included in the report. The report also does not include data from states that do not have charter schools.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>To view data from 42 states, read </span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/enrollment"><strong><span>Voting with Their Feet: A State-level Analysis of Public Charter School and District Public School Enrollment Trends</span></strong></a><strong><span>.</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>National Alliance experts are available for interview and comment. Please reach out to Jennifer Diaz at </span><a href="mailto:jennifer@publiccharter.org"><span>jennifer@publiccharter.org</span></a><span> with questions and to schedule an interview. </span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/enrollment" hreflang="en">enrollment</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/nina-rees" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 14:03:46 +0000 Brittnee 27959 at https://www.publiccharters.org The National Alliance Welcomes Will Burns as Executive Vice President for National Advocacy and Director of the Charter Schools Action Fund https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/09/13/national-alliance-welcomes-will-burns-executive-vice-president-national <span>The National Alliance Welcomes Will Burns as Executive Vice President for National Advocacy and Director of the Charter Schools Action Fund</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/jennifer" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jennifer</span></span> <span>Mon, 09/13/2021 - 08:05</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/press-release" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-09-13T12:00:00Z">September 13, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span>The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools welcomes Will Burns as Executive Vice President for National Advocacy and Director of the Charter Schools Action Fund. Burns will oversee the National Alliance’s federal and legal teams and lead the Charter Schools Action Fund, a 501c4 dedicated to raising public support for charter schools. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Burns brings more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors, serving most recently as Head of Government Partnerships, U.S. East for Spin, and as a Senior Advisor and Public Policy Director for Airbnb, Inc. Prior to his work in the private sector, Burns served as a state representative to the Illinois General Assembly and then as an alderman on the Chicago City Council. In both positions, education was a central area of focus. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“Will’s background in the public and private sector along with his steadfast commitment to education as a key lever to eradicate poverty will elevate our work to reimagine public education to better serve all students and families. I am excited to welcome him to the team and look forward to working with him to boost support for charter schools,” said Nina Rees, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Burns is a Rodel Fellow and serves on the board of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools.</span></span></span></p></div> Mon, 13 Sep 2021 12:05:19 +0000 jennifer 27886 at https://www.publiccharters.org National Alliance Submits Amicus Brief to 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/08/31/national-alliance-submits-amicus-brief-4th-us-circuit-court-appeals <span>National Alliance Submits Amicus Brief to 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/jennifer" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jennifer</span></span> <span>Tue, 08/31/2021 - 11:22</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/press-release" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-08-31T12:00:00Z">August 31, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>In response to an August 9, 2021, ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia which concluded that charter schools should not be considered “state actors,” the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools submitted an Amicus Brief in support of the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) petition for en banc review, where all of the 4th circuit court judges review the ruling. The National Alliance emphatically asserts that public charter schools are state actors, bound to protect students’ constitutional rights under the Equal Protection Clause. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The National Alliance supports the Plaintiffs-Appellees’ arguments concerning flaws in the panel decision. Charter schools function as public schools in North Carolina and North Carolina courts have without fail recognized their public character.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>All charter schools are public schools. This is clearly, and unequivocally, articulated in every state charter statute across the country and in federal statute. Moreover, every state charter statute recognizes charter schools as part of the state's public education ecosystem. If this ruling stands, it would be in conflict with the clear intent of these statues and threaten the public status of charter schools across the country.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The National Alliance firmly believes charter schools cannot discriminate against any student on the basis of sex, gender, race, disability, or religious preference and insists every charter school student must be given the same federal and state civil rights and constitutional protections as their district school peers. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Read the National Alliance’s <a href="https://info.publiccharters.org/hubfs/2021.08.30%20NAPCS%20Amicus%20Motion.pdf">Motion</a> and <a href="https://info.publiccharters.org/hubfs/2021.08.30%20NACPS%20Amicus%20Brief.pdf">Brief</a>. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Read Nina Rees’ <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/08/13/national-alliance-statement-4th-us-circuit-court-appeals-ruling-charter">statement </a>on the August 9 ruling. </span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/nina-rees" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/legal-advocacy" hreflang="en">legal advocacy</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 31 Aug 2021 15:22:02 +0000 jennifer 27759 at https://www.publiccharters.org National Alliance Statement on 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling on Charter Schools https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/08/13/national-alliance-statement-4th-us-circuit-court-appeals-ruling-charter <span>National Alliance Statement on 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling on Charter Schools</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/jennifer" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jennifer</span></span> <span>Wed, 08/11/2021 - 17:44</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/press-release" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-08-13T12:00:00Z">August 13, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>On August 9, 2021, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals included in a ruling that charter schools should not be considered “state actors,” and are therefore not subject to the Equal Protection Clause. Nina Rees, President and CEO of the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools, issued the following statement. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>"The National Alliance strongly disagrees with the ruling in Peltier v. Charter Day School that this school is a private actor and therefore does not need to uphold the Equal Protection rights of its students.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>"All charter schools are public schools. This is clearly, and unequivocally, articulated in every state charter statute across the country and in federal statute. Moreover, every state charter statute recognizes charter schools as part of the state's public education ecosystem.  As such, we firmly believe charter schools cannot discriminate against any student on the basis of sex, gender, race, disability, or religious preference. We insist every charter school student must be given the same federal and state civil rights and constitutional protections as their district school peers. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>"This case challenged the Equal Protection rights of students in charter schools in North Carolina. As the dissent notes, this ruling is not only based on antiquated thinking, but is illogical when one considers that the NC legislature created charter schools as public schools and the federal government declares them to be as public as any district-run school. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>"Fortunately for the students, the court rightly recognized that the civil rights of students are still protected because charter schools are the recipients of federal funds. Nonetheless, we do not understand how the court arrived at its conclusion that Charter Day School was a private actor, and we will support plaintiffs’ position in any appeal."</span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span>October 19, 2021 Update: At the request of plaintiffs, <span>with <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/08/31/national-alliance-submits-amicus-brief-4th-us-circuit-court-appeals">amicus support</a> from </span>the National Alliance, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals <span>granted additional (known as "en banc") review of the earlier 4th Circuit ruling </span>in Peltier v. Charter Day School. We are hopeful that upon en banc review, the court will affirm that all charter schools are public schools.</span></span></strong></p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/nina-rees" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/legal-advocacy" hreflang="en">legal advocacy</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 11 Aug 2021 21:44:44 +0000 jennifer 27558 at https://www.publiccharters.org National Alliance Statement on the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/07/14/national-alliance-statement-house-labor-hhs-appropriations-bill <span>National Alliance Statement on the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/jennifer" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jennifer</span></span> <span>Wed, 07/14/2021 - 15:09</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/press-release" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-07-14T12:00:00Z">July 14, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><strong><span>Statement from Nina Rees, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, on the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill. </span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“While the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill includes a necessary boost in education funding for nearly every facet of public education, it shaves $40 million from Fiscal Year 2021 funding level and from the President’s $440 million request for the federal <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/federal-charter-schools-program-2021-annual-report">Charter Schools Program</a> (CSP).</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“A cut to the CSP is particularly egregious because these unique public schools overwhelmingly serve students who are Black, Brown, or from low-income families. Across the nation, charter school enrollment increased last year because parents wanted more and better for their children. Congress should listen to what parents are clearly telling them. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“The proposed reduction in the CSP funding at a time when charter school enrollment is increasing and district school enrollment is decreasing would be detrimental to the future of many Black, Brown, and low-income families who depend on the personalized attention and innovative instruction from charter schools and their dedicated teachers and leaders. We urge the full committee to think about what a cut in funding would do to the families that need help the most. These community-based schools provide opportunities to a diverse range of students who would not otherwise have a high-quality public school available to them.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Student-centered, tuition-free, and always public, charter schools are an important part of the American public education landscape serving 3.3 million students. For 30 years, charter schools have been achieving unprecedented results for students. This is due to the freedom and flexibility to design an educational experience that meets students where they are and ensures they gain the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in college, career, and life. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“The National Alliance believes in quality, accountability, and transparency – not only to the state and authorizing entity, but most importantly to the parents and communities the school serves.   </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Language in the bill seeks to make a false distinction between types of charter schools. All charter schools are public schools. Period. Charter schools, just like district schools, contract with private companies to manage certain services and other resources. To call out charter schools for this practice and eliminate their federal funding because of the tax status of the company that provides their curriculum, food, transportation, or back-office support hurts the most vulnerable students served by these schools, including students with disabilities and students of color. It is, in a word, wrong.   </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Further, as written, this proposal would strip some public school students entitled to Title I and IDEA funding of the resources they desperately need if they happen to attend a charter school that has a contract with a private company for certain back office services, regardless of the quality of the school. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“This is no time to block access to a public education that works, helps families, and provides opportunity for the communities that need it most.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>---</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Student-centered, public, free, and always open to all students, charter schools are still underfunded compared to district-run public schools. The Charter Schools Program (CSP) is the nation’s only source of dedicated federal funding for the creation of public charter schools. At its current funding level of $440 million, the CSP amounts to less than one percent of federal spending on K-12 education. Research has consistently shown that charter schools across the country still receive nearly 30 percent less per pupil per year in funding than neighboring district-run public schools. The CSP is making a tangible difference in the lives of students. Currently serving 3.3 million students, high</span><span>‑</span><span>quality charter schools are delivering life</span><span>‑</span><span>changing results, especially for students from low</span><span>‑</span><span>income backgrounds and students of color.  Specifically, </span><a href="https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator/cla?tid=4"><span>59 percent</span></a><span> of charter schools were identified as mid-high or high poverty in 2017-18, with more than half of students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch. That is why the CSP has earned broad bipartisan support since its inception. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Read the </span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/federal-charter-schools-program-2021-annual-report"><span>2021 Charter Schools Program Annual Report.</span></a> </span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/nina-rees" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/charter-schools-program" hreflang="en">Charter Schools Program</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 14 Jul 2021 19:09:47 +0000 jennifer 27151 at https://www.publiccharters.org A Modest Federal Investment with Strong Returns For Public School Students https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/07/13/modest-federal-investment-strong-returns-public-school-students <span>A Modest Federal Investment with Strong Returns For Public School Students</span> <h4 class="field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field--item">The National Alliance releases the 2021 Charter Schools Program Annual Report</h4> <span><span lang="" about="/user/jennifer" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jennifer</span></span> <span>Tue, 07/13/2021 - 09:00</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/press-release" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-07-13T12:00:00Z">July 13, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>This week, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee will consider legislation that includes funding for the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP). The CSP is the only federal source of funding for the growth and replication of these innovative, student-centered public schools that currently serve more than 3.3 million students. Today, the National Alliance releases the </span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/federal-charter-schools-program-2021-annual-report"><span>second-ever CSP annual</span></a><span> report to offer a brief history of the program, provide information about grantees in the past fiscal year, and summarize the program’s impact.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The CSP is critically important to the growth of the charter school sector. Charter schools are often located in urban areas, and overwhelmingly serve students who are Black, Latino, and from low-income families. More than 1 million students have access to high-quality public schools that would not have existed without the CSP. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Given the significant learning loss students face due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our nation needs more public schools that can accelerate learning gains. Supporting the CSP would be a small but important step towards a public education system where every student has the opportunity to attend a school that meets their unique needs.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first charter school law. Since that time, these innovative and student-centered public schools have grown to serve 3.3 million students in 7,500 schools across the country. The Charter Schools Program is critically important to the growth of the charter school sector. In many states, we are seeing increased demand for charter schools because parents want more and better public school options. This is not the time to move backwards,” said <strong>Nina Rees, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. </strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The CSP is a federally funded grant that provides charter school leaders with funds to: cover school startup costs, facilities finance, and expansion and replication of high-performing charter schools. Grants can pay for professional development and recruitment of teachers; supplies, training and equipment including technology; minor renovations to buildings; community engagement; transportation; and other non-sustained costs not met from other funding sources. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>At its current funding level of $440 million, the CSP amounts to less than one percent of federal spending on K-12 education. </span></span></span><span><span><span>For more than 25 years, the CSP has provided states with resources to help ensure every child can access a high-quality public education. The CSP is the backbone of the charter school sector, strengthening efforts to provide more equitable opportunities for all students. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/federal-charter-schools-program-2021-annual-report"><span>Read the Charter Schools Program 2021 Annual Report</span></a>. </span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/nina-rees" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/charter-schools-program" hreflang="en">Charter Schools Program</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 13 Jul 2021 13:00:34 +0000 jennifer 27127 at https://www.publiccharters.org National Alliance Statement on the Juneteenth Holiday https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/06/18/national-alliance-statement-juneteenth-holiday <span>National Alliance Statement on the Juneteenth Holiday</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/jennifer" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jennifer</span></span> <span>Thu, 06/17/2021 - 17:54</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/press-release" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-06-18T12:00:00Z">June 18, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span>Today, communities, businesses, and organizations across the country, including the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, are celebrating Juneteenth.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>On June 17, Congress passed a bill and President Biden signed into law acknowledgment of Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, as the day <span>celebrating the emancipation of African-Americans who had been enslaved in the United States. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Educational access and civil rights have always been intertwined in America. </span> Even today, many students who have been denied access to a high-quality education can trace their ancestral roots to slavery.  Freedom and equality have come a long way in America, and as we work to make our nation a more perfect union, recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday is a bold step toward that goal.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“The National Alliance proudly salutes all the families, students, educators, and advocates whose ancestors helped build this great nation,” said Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. “There is still so much more to be done, and we will continue working to ensure a high-quality public education is available to every student. That is our highest priority and remains one of the most important drivers to achieve freedom and equality for all.”</span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/nina-rees" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 17 Jun 2021 21:54:35 +0000 jennifer 26825 at https://www.publiccharters.org MEDIA ADVISORY: Shaping the Future of Public Education https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/06/10/media-advisory-shaping-future-public-education <span>MEDIA ADVISORY: Shaping the Future of Public Education</span> <h4 class="field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field--item">Media are invited to attend the National Charter School Conference, June 21 - 23, 2021</h4> <span><span lang="" about="/user/reed" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Reed</span></span> <span>Wed, 06/09/2021 - 12:04</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/press-release" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-06-10T12:00:00Z">June 10, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools will hold the virtual 2021 <a href="http://ncsc.publiccharters.org/">National Charter Schools Conference</a> (#NCSC21) from Monday, June 21 to Wednesday, June 23. Speakers include U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, author Irshad Manji, philanthropist Dr. Priscilla Chan, and more. Media passes are available for all <a href="https://ncsc.publiccharters.org/ncsc21/ncsc21-session-listing">featured and breakout sessions</a> by contacting Jennifer Diaz at <a href="mailto:jennifer@publiccharters.org">jennifer@publiccharters.org</a>. </p> <p>The conference brings together thousands of educators, school leaders, state-level leaders, charter support organizations, charter management organizations, and advocates to collaborate on and inspire America's public charter school movement.</p> <p>This year’s theme is <strong>Education (R)Evolution: Engage. Educate. Innovate.</strong> The conference provides opportunities to <em>engage</em> with presenters and workshops, <em>educate</em> your audience on the educational equity and equality promise of charter schools, and learn about <em>innovations </em>happening in K-12 education<em>. </em></p> <p>“Now is the time to apply lessons learned from the pandemic’s upheaval and uncertainty. Going into a new school year, our students and families are counting on us to help them recover and grow. This year’s conference is primed to inform and inspire all attendees to do just that,” said <strong>Nina Rees, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools</strong>. “The National Alliance is honored to host Secretary Miguel Cardona to speak directly to public charter school leaders and teachers about his vision for the future of education. I am looking forward to learning from innovators Dr. Priscilla Chan and interim CEO for Citizens of the World Charter Schools Vanessa Rodriguez and authors and equity experts Irshad Manji and Tre Johnson. I encourage everyone not to miss the featured sessions on the Role of Black Institutions in the Charter School Movement and Don't Waste This Crisis: Not Going Back to Normal.”</p> <p>NCSC21 will feature more than 60 breakout, keynote, and featured sessions. </p> <h2>FEATURED SESSIONS</h2> <p><span><span><strong><span>Celebrating Educator Excellence: Featuring</span></strong><span> <strong>Dr. Miguel Cardona, 12th United States Secretary of Education</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The National Alliance is proud to continue the tradition of hosting every U.S. Secretary of Education since 2006 and we are humbled to have Secretary Cardona join us for NCSC21. Teachers are the lifeblood of education. Especially during the time of the pandemic, teachers consistently went above and beyond, doing whatever was necessary to ensure their students were learning and felt loved and connected. Secretary Cardona will share his vision for PreK-12 education and offer insights into how charter schools can help fulfill that vision. The Secretary has pledged his commitment to supporting diverse teachers and cultivating a new generation of diverse school leaders who mirror the rich mosaic of students in American schools.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong>Supported, Seen, and Safe: What Students and Teachers Need in the Wake of COVID-19</strong></p> <p>If the overlapping traumas of the past year have shown us anything, it’s that student well-being is just as important as academic learning. The resilience displayed by students and educators this year was remarkable in the face of the great challenges to students’ mental well-being and learning. Building on that resilience and ensuring that students feel seen, known, supported, and safe are key to charting a successful year ahead. In this session, Dr. Priscilla Chan, co-founder and co-CEO of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) will join Vanessa Rodriguez, interim CEO for Citizens of the World Charter Schools, to discuss how schools can apply findings from the science of relationships to meet the needs of both educators and students alike, better support student well-being and accelerate learning.</p> <p>Speakers: <strong>Dr. Priscilla Chan</strong>, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; <strong>Vanessa Rodriguez</strong>, Citizens of the World Charter Schools</p> <p><strong>The Role of Black Institutions in the Charter School Movement</strong></p> <p>With local affiliates of organizations such as the National Urban League, 100 Black Men of America, and African American fraternities and sororities creating and operating several charter schools throughout the nation, what is and should be the role of Black institutions within the charter movement? Join us to discuss the role of civil rights, fraternal, historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), social and affinity groups in creating the next generation of public charter schools, joining school boards, and bringing real equity to the sector.</p> <p>Speakers: <strong>Roland Martin</strong>, host and managing editor, #RolandMartinUnfiltered; <strong>Esther L. Bush</strong>, President &amp; CEO, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh; <strong>Dr. Cecil Payton</strong>, Chairman of the Board, Empowerment Academy; <strong>Timothy Woods</strong>, 24th Western Province Polemarch, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.</p> <p><strong>Moral Courage: The No-Shaming Approach to Antiracism and Inclusion</strong></p> <p>Fear sows division. Research shows that what humans fear more than anything is being judged. That’s why shaming and feeling shamed are misguided remedies for racism. The truly inclusive alternative is “Moral Courage” — a method of engaging that heals existing divides while preventing new ones. In this fascinating fireside chat, the New York Times bestselling author and leadership scholar Irshad Manji will address the questions that so many educators are quietly asking: What's the role of empathy in the struggle for equity? How do we confidently communicate with students about highly emotional issues? For that matter, how do we do this with fellow faculty and parents?</p> <p>Speakers: <strong>Irshad Manji</strong>, Moral Courage ED; <strong>Tre Johnson</strong>, DEI Partner, Catalyst:Ed</p> <p><strong>Don't Waste This Crisis: Not Going Back to Normal</strong></p> <p>This is not the time to go back to business as usual. The pandemic has propelled innovative uses of technology in teaching and learning – allowing students to learn at different paces, support each other, and grow together. Educators have moved from partnering with families to co-authoring with families students’ educational and emotional journeys. School leaders must do everything possible to balance smart oversight and ensure student outcomes and experiences are prioritized, while not inhibiting creative approaches for better student learning opportunities. Join us to discuss how lessons learned during the pandemic will change the future of education.</p> <p>Speakers: <strong>Freddy Gonzalez</strong>, KIPP Foundation; <strong>Lagra Newman</strong>, Purpose Preparatory Academy; <strong>Karega Rausch</strong>, National Association of Charter Authorizers</p> <p><strong>Girl Rising: Stories of Resilience, Courage &amp; Change</strong></p> <p>A screening of the Girl Rising film, the centerpiece of a global non-profit organization that uses storytelling to raise awareness and ignite action so that girls everywhere are valued and educated. The Girl Rising film includes powerful stories about courageous girls around the world who confront barriers to their independence – including poverty, child marriage, violence, slavery, and tradition – and inspire students to think deeply about social justice, gender equity, global citizenship and to believe in their capacity to raise their voices and create change.</p> <p>Explore the session content at the <a href="https://ncsc.publiccharters.org/ncsc21/ncsc21-session-listing">NCSC website</a>.</p> <p>If you are interested in securing a media pass to attend the conference, please contact Jennifer Diaz at <a href="mailto:jennifer@publiccharters.org">jennifer@publiccharters.org</a> for your registration code.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/nina-rees" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/national-charter-schools-conference" hreflang="en">National Charter Schools Conference</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 09 Jun 2021 16:04:15 +0000 Reed 26734 at https://www.publiccharters.org