DELIVERING ON THE DREAM….was this year's theme of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools National Conference. Wisconsin had great representation of charter school supporters in attendance with over 70 individuals attending from our state! Here are ways we as a chartered school movement are AND need to continue delivering on the dream
as per Nina Rees, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) AND Howard Fuller, Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University, in their State of the Movement
NINA REES STATED:
* Our movement now has roughly 6000 public charter schools nationwide educating over 2 million children
* 42 states and the District of Columbia have charter school laws and as a movement we cannot be satisfied to stop there
* States with weak laws need to strengthen their laws to support the movement and the innovation and autonomy of charter schools
* We just released our annual wait list report which listed that approximately 1,000,000 students were on wait lists for charter schools across the nation for the 2012-13 school
* The NAPCS Advocates on behalf of the chartered school movement in three legislative
priority areas: Quality, Innovation and Equity
**The new CREDO Report 2013, indicates the progress charter schools have made since its last full report in 2009. This new report shows how charter schools are outperforming their traditional school counterparts in their communities and closing the achievement gap.
**Charter High Schools make up 5% of the market of public high schools while they consistently perform and are recognized as being in the top 25% of public high schools in the US.
**We need to self police ourselves in the movement and close bad schools while working closely with other support organizations like the National Association of Charter School
Authorizers and our State Charter Support Organizations.
**Charter schools are to be labs and centers of innovation.
**We need our elected officials to protect our innovation
**We as a movement need to embrace the common core
**We need to work on providing better information for parents to make decisions
**We serve more low income and special education students than our traditional counterparts.
**Equitable funding must follow if we want to scale our high performing and successful public
HOWARD FULLER STATED...
* "WE HAVE SO MUCH MORE WORK TO BE DONE."
* "NO CHANGE TAKES PLACE WITHOUT A STRUGGLE."
* "WE MUST FIGHT."
* "AS A MOVEMENT WE HAVE TO FIGHT OUR OPPONENTS AND BE SELF-CRITICAL."
* "WE NEED TO QUIT HAVING THE CONVERSATION ABOUT DIVERSITY AND DO
* "WE MUST NEVER LOSE THE SOUL OF THIS MOVEMENT!"
Our mission at WCSA is leading the way and completely in sync with where our national movement is headed to DELIVER ON THE DREAM as we work to improve student achievement in Wisconsin by supporting excellence in Public Charter Schools
The creation and ongoing support of autonomous, accountable and innovative public charter
schools, and advocacy on behalf of public charter schools.