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July Monthly Update

Like many of you, the team at the National Alliance is using the summer months to take stock of our successes over the past six months and plan ahead for improvements.

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National Alliance March Newsletter

Last week, President Trump released his first budget blueprint. We were pleased that it calls for an increase of $168 million in charter school funding for fiscal year 2018. This would give a major boost to efforts to open more charter schools, and we will be working closely with the administration and Congress to make this part of the president’s funding plan a reality.

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National Alliance February Newsletter

Our country is experiencing increased uncertainty, even anxiety, about our commitment to embracing diversity, welcoming people from different backgrounds, and remaining open to viewpoints different from our own. It’s time to reaffirm what we value as a movement.

Last week, as the nation continued its celebration of Black History Month, the National Alliance brought the diversity of the charter school movement to Capitol Hill at a charter school fair and reception. The event featured 18 leaders of color from high-performing, high-quality charter schools across the country. They spoke about the teaching and learning methods at work in their schools, the challenges they face in their communities, and their students’ successes. Through their powerful example, they reinforced the fact that while policymakers debate issues of diversity and inclusion, charter school leaders are living these values, creating open, safe, and welcoming spaces where students get the support they need to pursue their dreams. Every child deserves the same.

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National Alliance January Newsletter

Welcome to 2017! We’re anticipating a big year, with a lot of attention focused on Washington, DC, and what the incoming presidential administration will mean for charter schools, school choice, and public education more broadly. Betsy DeVos, a longtime supporter of school choice, is poised to become the next secretary of education, pending her Senate confirmation this month. I recently wrote about the opportunities that await Ms. DeVos, who can unite people across America around the goal of empowering parents and expanding opportunity for students who sorely need better schools.

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National Alliance 2016 Year in Review

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.

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National Alliance November Newsletter

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 Pondiscio observed here, the elections also highlight the importance of paying more attention to the needs of rural America – something the charter public school movement strives to do.

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National Alliance October Newsletter

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.

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National Alliance September Newsletter

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.

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National Alliance July Newsletter

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.

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National Alliance June Newsletter

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 public education. Featured speakers include Andre Agassi, Howard Fuller, Governor Bill Haslam, Secretary of Education John King, and Sugata Mitra. I am particularly excited to have our board member and former Senator Mary Landrieu and Roland Martin as our emcees this year. We’ll also present just our second ever lifetime achievement award, induct three new members into the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame, and announce the winner of the 2016 Broad Prize (more on all of these below).

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