Stacey Gauthier, principal of Renaissance, a pre-K through 12 charter in Jackson Heights, noted that she’s a board member of the Coalition of Community Charter Schools, which she described as a grassroots coalition that has been around a while but doesn’t have “lots in dollars.”

“We definitely are like the little engine that could and we do a lot of grassroots work... [getting] on the ground, getting to know people, relationship-...

May 1, 2018

THE BRONX - A group of elementary students from Rosalyn Yalow Charter School has won this year's New York State Scholastic Chess Championship.

To honor the students, Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. visited them to announce that April 30 is now known as Yalow Tigers Chess Champions Day in the Bronx.

The 25-child team, comprised of students between kindergarten and third grade, is only in its second year.

And it's already breaking r...

When Matt Harrington graduated from NYU with a master’s degree in education and social policy, he figured he would become a data analyst crunching stats for the Department of Education. An administrative internship at P.S. 770 in Crown Heights changed his mind. Financial management—especially finding cost savings—became his unlikely passion.

“I fell in love with it,” said Harrington, now director of operations at The New American...

October 17, 2017

Stand-alone charter schools say they’re often overlooked in favor of big-name networks like KIPP — while at the same time being unfairly tied to Betsy DeVos’s agenda.

At a symposium last week, a number of school leaders agreed to try to change that by launching a new national organization dedicated to independent, or “mom-and-pop,” charters.

“When people think of charters, they do not think of us,” said Steve Zimmerman, an organiz...

As a longtime believer in the possibility of charter schools, the so-called “charter movement” has been a disappointment. But last week in New York City some folks got together at the Independent Charter School Symposium with the goal of fixing that.

Many of the ideas that initially attracted me to charter schools—community empowerment, authentic education for youth left behind, piloting promising practices to share with tra...

Students dressed in uniforms standing in military-straight lines under a dangling line of college pennants. An ethos of "no excuses" for low academic achievement.

That, perhaps, is the most popular notion of what makes a charter school. And that's because a relatively small number of charter networks—KIPP, Success Academy, and YES Prep to name a few—dominate the sector in ways that over the last decade or so have shaped the natio...

February 24, 2017

This shows you should never take higher learning for granted.

On her show Thursday, Ellen DeGeneres surprised an entire high school senior class of students from Brooklyn, New York City, with college scholarships provided by Walmart.

The reaction of all 41 kids from Summit Academy Charter School will stay with you for a while.

The host had previously given a check of $25,000 to the school when its founder, Natasha Campbell, an...

January 20, 2017

I applaud Sen. Al Franken (D) for reviving the proficiency-versus-growth debate when he asked Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos to give her thoughts on the important issue during her confirmation hearing. Sen. Franken made it clear that he favors “growth” measures to assess a school’s impact on student performance, as do many throughout the academic community.

In a recent article published by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute...

Stacey Gauthier is the principal of the Renaissance Charter School, a Pre-K through 12 conversion charter school in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York. She’s served as the school’s principal since 2007 and prior to that, as the school’s co-director for operations.

Gauthier was part of the team who drafted the school’s original charter in 2000 and an original member of the Friends of the Renaissance Charter School, a grou...

WOODSIDE — For Richard Lee, head of Academy of the City Charter School in Queens, some of the best learning comes from doing.

One of the goals of the school — which serves about 400 students from kindergarten to fifth grade — is to engage children in "hands-on experiences," according to Lee, who's served as principal at Academy of the City since it first opened its doors in 2011.

"Having a number of trips and experiences, hav...

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