The New York City Coalition of Community Charter schools hosted a Fall Kickoff meeting on Wednesday, September 16th. Attendees included independent charter school leaders from across the city, representatives from charter school advocacy groups, and a special appearance by the New York City Public, Advocate Letitia James.
Public Advocate James spoke about finding common ground, and the importance of education as the great equalizer. She expressed her interest in working with independent charter schools and seemed eager for the Coalition to share our stories, and our data to illustrate the inequities we are battling in the charter sector. She stated, “It’s my job to stand up for all New Yorkers, parents and children, no matter where they go to school. At the end of the day, our goal should be to provide the best education we can for the next generation.”
James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center, spoke about his thoughts on the charter school sector. He noted that while charters are facing many obstacles, they continue to thrive. He explained that although there is still much work to be done, there have been great strides made in the last several years for charter school equality.
Representatives from Families for Excellent Schools were present to seek support for their upcoming rally and march on September 30th. They asked for participation from school leaders and parent advocates to join them in their fight for educational equality for all students.
Steve Zimmerman and Rick Welles discussed the importance of the C3S Transition Committee, and thanked them for the work and dedication they provided over the summer in preparation for launching a plan of action for the new school year, and lending guidance towards shaping the C3S mission and values.
The C3S Family and Community Outreach team outlined their goals for this year, stressing the importance of facetime with public officials, both locally and in Albany. C3S plans to hold parent training workshops, facilitate meetings with elected officials, as well as urge parent advocates to pursue positions on their district Community Education Councils.
The new bylaws and Board members of C3S were then unveiled and approved by a majority vote.