Yesterday’s rally in Albany sent a big, loud, proud message about the importance of public charter schools. Among the highlights:
-Thousands of charter school parents, students, teachers, and younger siblings pouring into Convention Hall with caps, shirts, banners, and pre-planned chants.
Today's the day! Over 3,000 charter school parents, students, teachers, and supporters are on their way to Albany to send lawmakers a loud and clear message: charter schools are public schools and deserve nothing less than fair treatment! Watch this space for updates.
In politics, your friends can make you look bad. If they stake out an absurd position that you aren’t in a position to contradict, there’s nothing to do but grin and forge ahead.
--Secretary Arne Duncan discussing the Race to the Top
Our friends at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools have a new report out that ranks that states’ charter schools law. New York comes in at #8 out of 40.
The report mentions two problems: no money for school facilities, and a restrictive cap on the number of charter schools. We couldn’t agree more.