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Survey Results Show That 95% of Families Rate Their Experience With the Enrollment Application Process 'Good' or 'Very Good'
NEWARK, New Jersey, April 20 -- Newark Public Schools issued the following news release:

Today, Newark Public Schools (NPS) released results from nearly 1800 post-application surveys taken by parents of Newark students participating in the Newark Enrolls process. The survey asked parents to rate their experience with the application process, to share information about how they learned about the process, and to share information about their preferences. 95% of those surveyed shared that they found their experience with the enrollment process 'good' or 'very good,' and 96% said they found the application ... Show Full Article

Northeast Charter Schools Network Issues Statement on Democratic Appropriations 'Flip-Flop'
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, April 20 -- The Northeast Charter Schools Network issued the following statement by Policy Manager Chris Pacileo:

The Northeast Charter Schools Network today sent the following statement in response to the recently released Democratic Appropriations budget proposal, which cuts public charter school funding by $1.2 million. The proposal would cut the bipartisan approved budget, which included a much-needed increase to $11,250 per-pupil for charter schools, to $11,125. This follows four years of flat funding.

"Democrats have proposed a measure that would slash critically-needed, ... Show Full Article

Liliet Council: 'Believing in Me Made All the Difference'
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, April 20 -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools issued the following news:

Liliet Council did not expect to win Northeast Teacher of the Year. During her interview, she was asked what she's passionate about.

"I talked about my colleagues and the financial struggles that we have," she said. "I mentioned that it would be nice to not have to have a second job. I spoke truthfully. This is a wonderful profession. But it would be nice if people could feel confident that after getting a good education and making personal sacrifices to educate students, you could handle your personal ... Show Full Article

Jahara Davis: 'Literature Speaks to You'
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, April 20 -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools issued the following news:

In January of 2017, Jahara Davis made a vision board for herself. One goal was to be named teacher of the year. Her vision became reality in April of 2018 when she was named the Project L.I.F.T. Learning Community Teacher of the Year.

The West Charlotte High language arts teacher was standing in a chair, writing vocabulary words, when a group of her colleagues came in to tell her that she'd won.

"I had a tack in my hand and a tack in my mouth," she said. "I was blasting music. When I saw all these ... Show Full Article

Desmond Blackett: 'Students Are My Trophies'
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, April 20 -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools issued the following news:

Demond Blackett carries a letter with him at all times. It was written by an undocumented student who struggled with immigration and academic issues. Blackett helped him get on track and apply for college scholarships.

"You single-handedly allowed me to find my passion and find myself," the student wrote. "Thank you for giving me to the tools I need to chase the paths of success."

"That letter means the world to me," said Blackett. "For a student to take the time to write me that letter lets me know ... Show Full Article

A Protected Way to Report Bullying
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, April 20 -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools issued the following news:

As part of its wide-ranging effort to prevent bullying, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools launched a new digital platform April 20 that allows anonymous reporting. The platform, accessible on each school's website as well as the district's home page, offers a user-friendly way for students, staff and the public to report bullying concerns.

The anonymous reporting is part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools initiative to prevent bullying by encouraging students to "Stand Up and Speak Out." The CMS program ... Show Full Article

100 Newark Public School Students - 35 Schools Put Their Science Projects to the Test Newark's District Wide STEM Fair Showcase
NEWARK, New Jersey, April 20 -- Newark Public Schools issued the following news release:

More than 100 Newark Public Schools students from 35 schools developed, displayed and discussed their STEM projects at New Jersey's largest school district's STEM Fair. This is the first district-wide STEM Fair. The Fair was held at the Paul Robeson Campus Center at Rutgers University.

"The STEM Fair was an extraordinary display of science and technology created by gifted students of Newark Public Schools," said Robert Gregory, Interim Superintendent of Newark Public Schools. "I commend Ivory Williams, Special ... Show Full Article