It's about great public schools.


Assem. Lopez: Want Great Schools and $700 Million? Raise the Cap.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Appearing on Good Day New York yesterday, Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D - Brooklyn) talked about his reasons for supporting the charter schools bill that recently passed in the Senate.†

"The status quo hasn't worked. There has to be some creativity.... Parents in my district are actually moving out of my community. Some of them are using phony addresses to get into other kinds of schools."

"We're stepping out because we need that additional money... and we think this would be one way of creating an alternative that can work."

What the Charter Bill Does (Pt. 2): Improving Transparency

Thursday, May 6, 2010

This is the second post about what’s actually in the much-discussed New York State charter schools bill (S.7678/A.10928). Read about the attack on zombie charter schools in Pt. 1.

The charter schools bill that the NYS Senate approved this week doesn’t just lift the cap on charter schools, it addresses concerns about charter school transparency head-on.

Leadership in Albany

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Kudos to the John Sampson and the NY State Senator for approving a solid charter schools bill by a vote of 45-15. It's an important step forward.

Charter school advocates are looking forward to working with Speaker Silver and the Assembly in the days and weeks ahead, to help charter schools serve more students with transparency and accountability ñ and help win $700 million for all New York public schools.

James Merriman on Perkins Hearing

Thursday, April 29, 2010

"As I sat through the hearing waiting to testify, I found myself in an odd position. I've always been a firm believer in oversight, regulation, transparency, and accountability for charter schools. As a charter school authorizer for seven years, I built a regulatory regimen that has been praised nationwide.

Duncan: Listen to Parents

Monday, April 26, 2010

"When parents recognize which schools are failing to educate their children, they will demand more effective options for their kids. They won't care whether they are charters, non-charters or some other model. As President Barack Obama has called for, states should eliminate restrictions that limit the growth of excellent charter schools, move forward in improving or restructuring chronically failing schools, and hold all schools accountable for results."