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Did You Know … Charter Schools Serve 3.1 Million Students?

Did you know ... charter schools serve 3.1 million students?

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Did You Know … 44 States (and DC) Have Charter School Laws?


Did you know … 44 states (and DC) have charter school laws? 

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Did you know ... Charter Schools Serve Rural Communities?

Did you know charter schools serve rural communities? 

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2017 Champions for Charters

We are thrilled to announce the 2017 Champions for Charters during our National Charter Schools Week celebrations!

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Did you know ... Charter Schools Serve ALL Students?

Did you know that charter school serve ALL students? 

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Did you know ... Charter Schools are Public Schools?

Did you know that charter schools are public schools?

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Kansas City School Honors Photographer Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks was a modern renaissance man. A composer, author and filmmaker, he is best known as a groundbreaking photographer whose images of urban life, poverty, race relations and civil rights have had a deep impact on American culture.

Gordon Parks Elementary School, a charter public school in Kansas City, Missouri, honors Mr. Parks, who proudly endorsed the school’s mission of educating children living in the urban core to reach their full potential. The school’s founders, Sue Jarvis and Dorothy Curry, who knew Gordon Parks, wanted to instill in students his love of arts and culture. Throughout the building, there are display cases and photos showcasing Mr. Parks’s work, including letters he wrote to the school and other memorabilia.

Gordon Parks died in 2006, but every year on his birthday, November 30, the students celebrate his life. Depending on the grade level, students are read to about Mr. Parks (there is a children’s book about him in each classroom), they study his more famous photos or they write biographical reports. The school also observes Mr. Parks’s death, March 7, by holding a moment of silence for him at the start of the day.

This year, during Black History Month, each class is studying notable African Americans. Fourth graders, for example, have each selected a significant figure to research and write about—from Harriet Tubman to Duke Ellington, Muhammad Ali, Ruby Bridges and, of course, Gordon Parks.

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What a Great Week!

We had a great time celebrating our nation’s charter public schools this week. It was exciting to see so much activity across the country during National Charter Schools Week.

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What Do Parents Want?

One clear finding from our parent survey is that the idea of allowing parents to choose which public school their child should attend, rather than assigning students to a school based on where they live, has taken hold. More than half of parents surveyed are strongly in favor of public school choice, including high percentages of minority and low-income parents.

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Posted in Parents, Parent Demand