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Change Maker Focus of the Day: Elected Leaders

We have hit the midway mark for National Charter Schools Week, and the celebration is showing no signs of slowing down. We enter Day 3 of our campaign to highlight the Change Makers in our movement, with today’s spotlight on Elected Leaders.

Following the decade-long tradition, we are excited to announce the leaders from all levels and branches of government for their efforts to provide better educational options for the families they represent. Read more about this year’s Champions for Charters.  

Also, in keeping with celebration of our Champions for Charters, hear from President and CEO Nina Rees on The Charter Blog as she shares more about the Champions for Charter award and the 2018 honorees.

A special feature today will be from our friends at the Idaho Charter School Association (where three of our 2018 Champions for Charters hail) as they take over our Instagram and there are sure to be some great shots from rural charters across the state.

Don’t miss any of the action on Twitter with @charteralliance and #CharterSchoolsWeek. Here are a few suggested tweets to get you started:

  • Today’s #CharterSchoolsWeek Change Maker of the Day spotlight is on Elected Leaders! [Tag your local, state, and federal elected leaders and encourage them to support charter schools during this important week].
  • I'm celebrating #CharterSchoolsWeek with @charteralliance! Let's share the great stories of Change Makers in our movement. 
  • Elected leaders are a key part of the charter school movement! Encourage them to support your local charter schools for #CharterSchoolsWeek. 

Looking ahead, we are excited to be in 2018 Champion for Charters Senator Cornyn’s home state of Texas next month for the National Charter School Conference. There is still time to register for the June 17-20, conference in Austin, Texas—we hope to see you there!

Recap From Yesterday

Yesterday, the stream of media attention surrounding National Charter Schools Week did not slow down.

On Day 2 of National Charter Schools Week, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster proclaimed May 7-11, as Charter School Week in the Palmetto State and state-based charter support organizations continued to celebrate the importance of the week.

  • In Tennessee, the Tennessee Charter School Center is celebrating 15 years of public charter schools in the state along with their celebration of National Charter Schools Week, and Emily Lilley, director of government relations for the group, penned an op-ed for Knox News (TN).
  • In Utah, The Independent published an open letter recognizing National Charter Schools Week by Center for Education Reform CEO Jeanne Allen.
  • In Pennsylvania, Senator Pat Toomey tweeted his support for the week and the great work of the state's public charter schools.
  • In Michigan, the Governor and the Education Committee chairs as well as MAPSAs board honored Dan Quisenberry, president of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies on his 20th anniversary. He was honored in front of 800 charter school advocates at Michigan’s annual Charter Day at the Capitol.

In a story featured in Education Post, the benefits of opening two new charter schools in Connecticut were highlighted and The 74 had a recap of the top media headlines surrounding our movement was featured. Also, check out these video-based tutorials from Learn4Life as they join in on the National Charter Schools Week Celebration.

While you are scanning the media headlines for all the great news coming out about our charter schools, make sure you check out the latest news from U.S. News & World Report. Did you see the rankings of the best schools in the country? Charter schools made an impressive showing in the list! Check out this list to see where your charter school ranked. See what our National Alliance President and CEO Nina Rees had to say about the news.

There is still time to celebrate National Charter Schools Week with us! Check out our resources to get involved with the charter school movement this week!  


The National Alliance Team

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