Deliver on the Dream and Commemorate National Charter Schools Week May 5 - 11

April 17, 2013

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Charter school advocates across the country will celebrate great work accomplished by charter public schools and the increasing momentum that we have enjoyed over the past year. This year's theme,"Delivering on the Dream," recognizes charter schools' success, particularly in bridging the achievement gap, and focuses on what is needed to support the charter movement's continuing expansion. The three goals for National Charter Schools Week include:

  1. Advocate for a more favorable policy environment for charter schools.
  2. Show how the quality and accountability of charter schools is transforming public education and the lives of over a million children.
  3. Increase awareness that charter schools are public schools dedicated to improving our nation's public education system.

With one in seven of the nation's charter schools located in California, charter schools provide a welcome choice for parents looking for an education best suited to their child. In order to meet the needs of the 70,000 California students on waitlists, it is important that all schools do their part in educating the community about charters.

Highlighting the diversity of California's charter schools will help promote the need for legislation and policies that enable charter success and continued growth. You, too, can play an active role in promoting these goals by attending the 20th Anniversary Charter School Advocacy Day, to be held May 8 in Sacramento where charter leaders, teachers, and parents will meet with legislators at the State Capitol.

In addition to Advocacy Day, National Charter Schools Week is a great opportunity for local events designed to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of charter schools, parents, students, teachers, supporters, and elected officials, among others.

During National Charter Schools Week, charter schools across the country are encouraged to engage in activities that:

  • Showcase the strength of existing charter schools and help create a positive environment for the creation of new charter schools.
  • Demonstrate to elected officials and the broader community that charters are transforming public education and the lives of more than a million children.
  • Promote public awareness that charter schools are public schools and highlight their unique offerings.

Explore ideas to help you plan and promote Charter Schools Week events in your community. To showcase your work and further publicize your activities, be sure to send a copy of your materials to Vicki Grenz, Director, Media Relations.

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