NATIONAL ALLIANCE WEEKLY UPDATE – April 7, 2017
April 07, 2017
NATIONAL ALLIANCE WEEKLY UPDATE
April 7, 2017
National Charter Schools Week
National Charter Schools Week is less than one month away! Our toolkit is up (with new content added every day – so check back often) and we are excited to feature the events that you are hosting around the country. We encourage every CSO to host one National Charter Schools Week event in your state and put out one press release. Please contact Vanessa Descalzi at firstname.lastname@example.org to share details about your events.
30 Days of Grad
Thousands of high school students will graduate from charter schools across the country this year – and we want to share their stories. We are looking for stories from charter school graduates who want to share how their charter school experience helped them to succeed. All submissions must include a student-written essay (approximately 500 words) and photo. Please encourage charter schools in your state to submit stories by sharing our #30DaysofGrad webpage and submission form.
New Credit Enhancement for Charter School Facilities Grant Competition
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) released a Notice Inviting Applications for the Expanding Opportunities Through Quality Charter Schools Program-Grants for Credit Enhancement for Charter School Facilities. Public entities (such as state or local government entities), private nonprofit entities, or a consortium of such entities are eligible to apply. ED intends to make approximately 3 awards totaling approximately $d16,000,000 to support methods of assisting charter schools address the cost of acquiring, constructing, and renovating facilities by enhancing the availability of loans and bond financing. Application deadline is May 11, 2017 before 4:00pm EDT.
Master Class on Communications – Save the Date
Sunday, June 11, 2017, 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
CSOs lead their sectors and schools through challenging times. With constitutional challenges in such states as Louisiana, Mississippi, and Washington and the defeat of the ballot measure to lift the charter cap in Massachusetts, effective communication and messaging is more important than ever. Schools need more tactical strategies to develop messaging and capture their successes in ways that are compelling to the press, legislatures, and the general public. CSOs are uniquely equipped to provide assistance to schools and help them maintain proactive relationships with local press outlets, develop messaging campaigns, and craft communications strategies tell the schools’ stories. This class will encourage participants to create school-level communications plans to implement in their states.
More information will be available soon!
NCSC17 State Meetings
We want to take advantage of the opportunity we’ll have together in Washington, D.C. this June to invite your Congressional delegation to attend a state meeting or reception during the National Charter Schools Conference.
We have time and space reserved at the conference for each state. Please let us know if your organization is planning to host a state meeting or reception during the conference by filling out the NCSC17 State Meeting Request Form by Friday, April 28. If you would like the National Alliance to invite members of your Congressional delegation, please select that option on the form.
Webinar Recording: Overview of Charter School Grants to State Entities Competition
The National Alliance hosted a webinar to discuss the grant notice inviting applications for new awards through the Charter School Program (CSP) Grants to State Entities. The recording can be found here. This is the first CSP State Entity competition since the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was enacted. For the first time, in addition to state education agencies, governors’ offices, charter support organizations, and/or state charter school boards are all now eligible for this grant. The deadline for applications is May 11.
Open a Charter School: Apply Right!
April 28-29, 2017
New York, NY
Have you ever thought about starting your own charter school? The New York City Charter School Center hosts an intensive two-day seminar packed with the expert insights, tools and resources needed to ensure that a charter application is ready for submission. Learn More & Register.
Fee applies. Open to anyone who wants to open a charter school in NYC.