I’m writing with an update on both the state COVID-19 response and our advocacy efforts. 

 Updates from the State Capitol

We anticipate that the remaining five 2020 charter renewals will be addressed during next week’s State Board of Education meeting, which will take place virtually on June 3, 2020. Please watch your inboxes for a summary following this meeting. 

On June 4, 1996, the Connecticut charter school law was passed as Public Act 96-214. This year we are thrilled to celebrate 24 years of charter school success in our state! 

 The deadline to participate in the US Census is quickly approaching.  Please consider sharing this link with your school communities to help our state receive our fair share of funding!

Updates on our work 

To address charter school leadership questions and concerns during these uncertain times, the Connecticut Charter Schools Association will be hosting a Virtual Charter School Leader Convening on Thursday, June 4, 2020, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. If you are an executive leader of a charter school, you should have received an invitation in your email. If you did not receive this email but feel as if you should have, please reply to this email directly.   

On Thursday, May 28, 2020, at 2 pm in partnership with Booker T. Washington Academy, our team hosted a Virtual Operations Leader Convening. During this meeting, operations leaders from 11 different charter schools throughout the state shared thoughts on current issues their schools are facing and discussed questions and concerns surrounding the upcoming summer and school year. 

As we approach the expected upcoming summer special session, our team will be hosting a series of virtual meetings with key state legislators. During these meetings, members of our charter school community will share their recent experiences with legislators and advocate for charter school funding. All are welcome to participate! If you are interested in joining a meeting, please let us know by responding directly to this email. 

This month we celebrated 2020’s National Charter Schools Week. In light of this, and to address the inequities posed against charter schools in our state, Annette Armstrong, charter grandparent and advocate, wrote the following letter which was published in the Journal Inquirer. To read this letter, click here.  

Share your stories with us, both big and small and we will share them on social media and with local media to celebrate your school communities, particularly as we approach the end of the school year.  

Looking for inventive ways to celebrate your 2020 graduates publicly? Local Connecticut news stations are looking to help! See the linked instructions to submit to NBC Connecticut and/or Fox61.

Lastly, we encourage you to review the resources available to all charter schools on our Coronavirus Resources Page 

We will continue to provide you with important updates as we become aware of them. In the meantime, let us know how else we can support you.