Since its inception, committed policymakers – including Ember Reichgott Junge, the former Minnesota State Senator who authored the first charter school law in Minnesota and the nation 30 years ago – have taken strong actions to help create policy change supportive of the charter movement. In some instances, policymakers were driven to push through change […]
During New Jersey US Senator Cory Booker’s two terms as mayor, the number of students served by charter schools in Newark tripled, a function of Booker’s willingness to push for the funding, facilities and authorizing decisions that high-quality charter schools needed to thrive and grow. Read more here: More Committed Policymakers: ### Celebrate 30 years […]
This year, Kentucky Speaker of the House, David Osborne, provided the leadership needed to steward a bill through a very complicated legislative process to make charter schools eligible for state funding, including overriding a gubernatorial veto. Read more here. More Committed Policymakers: ### Celebrate 30 years of chartering with us! Stay tuned as we continue to celebrate 30 […]
The latest policymaker to show extraordinary commitment in helping found an entire state’s charter schools movement is Kentucky Speaker of the House, David Osborne (R). For years, charter school supporters in Kentucky have attempted to overcome a nonsensical policy environment where charter schools were technically allowed under law, but were not eligible for state funding, […]
Of course, elected officials going far out of their way to assist public charter schools spans both decades and political parties. One of the earliest and most noteworthy deep relationships between an elected official and a highly successful charter school organization developed in the 1990s between the Academy for Academic Excellence (AAE) in Apple Valley, […]
Presented by Darlene Chambers, Ember Reichgott Junge, Wendy Larvick at the 2020 Independent Charter Schools Virtual Conference.
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History matters. Ideas matter. We’re On the Move and Capturing History at the California State Capitol! The National Charter Schools Founders Library team is collaborating with the Charter Schools Development Center in Sacramento to capture the stories from California’s Pioneers through oral histories and original documents. These will be preserved and made digitally available to […]