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News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from public policy organizations influencing the debate on education policy.

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New Haven Charter School at Risk of Losing Grades Under Gov.'s Budget Demands Fairness, Ability to Grow
HARTFORD, Conn., March 24 -- The Northeast Charter Schools Network issued the following news release:

Parents, students, educators and school leaders from Booker T. Washington Academy (BTWA), a public charter school in New Haven, will come together on Tuesday, March 28 to demand fairness from Governor Dannel Malloy, as well as the heads of the Appropriations Committee, as the proposed budget would prevent the school from growing past the 3rd grade.

Booker T. Washington Academy launched in 2014 and currently serves grades K-3. Under its state-approved charter, BTWA has plans to continue to ... Show Full Article

Broward County School Board Approves Superintendent's School Boundary Recommendations for 2017/18
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 24 -- Broward County Public Schools issued the following news release:

The School Board of Broward County, Florida, unanimously approved the 2017/18 School Boundary Recommendations during a School Boundary Public Hearing on March 22, 2017, at Plantation High School.

The approved changes include a new sixth through 12th grade option for Millennium Middle School, which will begin by adding one high school grade with 75 seats each year until 2020/21. Additionally, a boundary change for three elementary schools in Parkland will go into effect, to align enrollment ... Show Full Article

Saint Paul Public Schools Board of Directors Selects Finalists for Superintendent Role
ST. PAUL, Minn., March 23 -- St. Paul Public Schools issued the following news:

The Saint Paul Public Schools Board of Directors has selected three finalists ( in its search for a new superintendent to lead the state's second largest public school district.

The finalists are:

* Joseph (Joe) Gothard (, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191

* Cheryl Logan (, Chief Academic Support Officer

The School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

* Orlando ... Show Full Article

Kentucky Becomes 44th State to Allow Charter Public Schools
WASHINGTON, March 23 -- The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools issued the following news release:

Until Tuesday, Kentucky was one of only seven states that do not allow charter public schools. By enacting HB 520, the Bluegrass state will now allow these tuition-free public schools to open and begin providing students and their families with additional no-cost, high-quality school options.

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released the following statement from its president and CEO, Nina Rees upon Governor Bevin's signing of the bill:

"Tuesday's signing is historic ... Show Full Article

Governor McAuliffe Denies Virginia Students, Families Access to High-Quality Public School Options
WASHINGTON, March 23 -- The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools issued the following news release:

Today Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 2342/Senate Bill 1283, legislation that would create regional charter public school divisions that could authorize charter schools in areas of the state with struggling schools.

Following the governor's veto announcement, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools President and CEO Nina Rees released the following statement:

"This is a discouraging day for Virginia students and families. While there are district public schools ... Show Full Article

Elizabeth Hussey, West Meck/Harding/POB Feeder Learning Community Teacher Assistant of the Year
CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 23 -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools issued the following news:

Elizabeth Hussey joined Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools more than two years ago as a Spanish translator at Sedgefield Middle School. In her first year, she realized that she wanted to work with Exceptional Children, so she became a teacher assistant.

"I saw there was a need and realized I gravitate toward EC students," Hussey said. "I wanted to help them and I like explaining things and demonstrating things for them."

Hussey works with seventh- and eighth-grade students in inclusive science and social studies ... Show Full Article

Buck Lodge Middle School Student Advances to National Spelling Bee
UPPER MARLBORO, Md., March 23 -- Prince George's County Public Schools issued the following news release:

Buck Lodge Middle School student Kelly Han won the 2017 Prince George's County Spelling Bee and will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in May. She will also participate in Bee Week (May 28-June 3) leading up to the national competition.

Han's awards include a trophy from Champion Awards, Trophies and Goods, Inc.; $500 check and gift basket from Educational Systems Federal Credit Union (ESFCU); four roundtrip tickets from Southwest Airlines and a Washington ... Show Full Article