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Nina Rees

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National Alliance 2016 Year in Review

December 29, 2016 | by Nina Rees |

We’ve nearly reached the end of 2016! At times, it’s felt like an endurance race – bearing the loss of treasured icons, or slogging through a presidential election that tried everyone’s patience. But there have been lots of reasons to celebrate, too. I’ve pulled together a few of this year’s highlights below.

National Alliance November Newsletter

November 16, 2016 | by Nina Rees |

The outcome of last week’s presidential election has now been analyzed by more people than any other election in recent history. In addition to political pundits puzzling over Donald Trump’s surprise victory, educators are also trying to make sense of an election that didn’t focus on education but certainly reaffirms the importance of teaching civics and character education. As Robert...

National Alliance October Newsletter

October 14, 2016 | by Nina Rees |

Charters work. That’s the direct, powerful message at the heart of our latest campaign on behalf of charter public school parents and students. It’s a message leaders of major institutions need to hear.

National Alliance September Newsletter

September 15, 2016 | by Nina Rees |

Happy New School Year! The late summer always brings excitement and anticipation, as students and teachers head back to the classroom. I love reading stories about charter public school students starting their new school year – some in a brand new school.

National Alliance July Newsletter

July 14, 2016 | by Nina Rees |

We had a great time at the 2016 National Charter Schools Conference in Nashville. More than 4,000 charter school supporters from across America gathered to celebrate the movement’s 25th anniversary. We highlighted our progress and discussed where we need to go from here to ensure that more students have the opportunity to attend a high-quality charter public school.

National Alliance June Newsletter

June 14, 2016 | by Nina Rees |

Are you ready for Nashville? Thousands of charter school teachers, leaders, policy experts, and other supporters will be in Nashville from June 26-29 for the 16th annual National Charter Schools Conference. The theme of the conference is Big Ideas for a Brighter Future. We’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of the movement and highlighting the ways charter school innovation is reshaping...

National Alliance May Newsletter

May 18, 2016 | by Nina Rees |

We’re still beaming from another successful National Charter Schools Week! We honored our 2016 Charter Champions – elected officials at all levels of government who go above and beyond in their support for charter public schools. Our Twitter Q&A with Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Sharif El-Mekki, principal of Mastery Charter Schools’ Shoemaker Campus in Philadelphia, drew nearly 300 participants...

National Alliance April Newsletter

April 18, 2016 | by Nina Rees |

We’re gearing up for National Charter Schools Week (NCSW), May 1st through 7th!

National Alliance March Newsletter

March 16, 2016 | by Nina Rees |

This month brings great news from Washington State, where a bipartisan group of legislators in the House and Senate passed a bill to save Washington’s charter schools! As soon as Governor Inslee signs the bill, charter public schools in Washington will have a stable funding stream and opportunity for growth. We applaud the legislature’s action and we congratulate the Washington State charter...

National Alliance February Newsletter

February 18, 2016 | by Nina Rees |
A Note from Nina

As you all know by now, one of our key goals at the National Alliance is to boost funding for the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP). We were pleased to see that President Obama’s final budget requests $350 million for the CSP – a $17 million increase over current funding.

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