The New York City Coalition of Community Charter Schools was established just as Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in 2014. Your school is a member and you serve on the board. You and others in the coalition visited City Hall several times to talk with the administration about more funding for independent charters, among other concerns. What was that like, and has that relationship been fruitful?

 

It was frustrating...

January 26, 2016

 

Michael Mulgrew must be bored. After a successful campaign to dissociate test scores from teacher evaluations, the UFT president is looking for another battle. But this new battle is without merit.

 

Mulgrew is proposing legislation that would penalize charter schools that do not reach targeted enrollment numbers for ELL and special education students. The punishments range from school closure to fines for infractions. Is he work...

January 26, 2016

 

The United Federation of Teachers yesterday proposed state legislation that will require charter schools to accept and keep comparable numbers of high-needs students as traditional public schools or risk reductions in state funding, state renewals, expansions or new schools and — for repeated offenses — forfeiting their charters.

 

But charter school leaders and advocates were quick to call the UFT proposal a cynical attempt at p...

January 14, 2016

 

Also supporting the education side of the budget was the The New York City Coalition of Community Charter Schools (C3S), an advocacy group for over 50 public independent charter schools.

 

“C3S  applauds Governor Cuomo’s decision to increase charter school support and to unfreeze the charter school funding formula.  Furthermore, C3S cheer the Governor’s proposal to make rental assistance for New York City charter schools permanen...

January 14, 2016

Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health & Science Charter School is a 6th – 12th grade community charter school, now in its 7th year. Next year we will be fully enrolled with the addition of a 12th grade class. We welcome scholars with IEPs and have a 22% SPED population which is higher than our district average. We have 12% ELLs and we are actively working on expanding this number and developing a dual-language program that will begin in...

January 6, 2016

 

An article published in yesterday’s New York Times announced that the principal who had purportedly created a “got-to-go” list of kids to be “counseled out” of a Success Academy charter school in Brooklyn was taking a leave of absence.

 

But there is no closure, much less moral triumph in this episode—certainly not for the many independent charter schools in NYC that go to great lengths to work with and keep all their students in...

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