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...