Wednesday - July 15, 2020
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National Alliance Statement on Proposed Cut to Federal Charter Schools Program, Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools issued the following statement by President and CEO Nina Rees in response to two important issues that impact charter schools:

"This is an important week for charter schools and recent developments underscore the critical work we have before us as charter school advocates.

We are disappointed that the House Appropriations Committee voted to reduce funding for the Charter Schools Program by $40 million in fiscal year 2021. These innovative public schools currently serve 3.5 million students across the country, and at least ... Show Full Article

Charter School Association Chooses Next President
LAKEWOOD, Colorado, July 15 -- The Colorado League of Charter Schools issued the following news release:

The Colorado League of Charter Schools' board chose an internal candidate as its fourth president. Dan Schaller, VP of State and Local Policy, was chosen from a national, well-qualified pool of applicants. Schaller was currently also serving as the Co-Interim President while the League searched for its next leader.

"We are thrilled to have Dan leading the League through this challenging time. He has a steady hand on fundraising, our legislative agenda and service to our members. He is balanced ... Show Full Article

Jackson Public Schools: New Principals Appointed at Chastain, Callaway, CDC & Henley-Young
JACKSON, Mississippi, July 14 -- Jackson Public Schools issued the following news on July 10:

Jackson Public Schools continues to hire dynamic leadership for schools as it makes strides in its mission to transform scholars' lives through excellent education. The most recent appointees for the upcoming school year will provide innovative leadership at Chastain, Callaway, the Career Development Center and the Henley-Young Youth Court School. Returning to the District in this round is former Hardy Middle School administrator Antonius Caldwell. Along with each classroom teacher, the school administrator ... Show Full Article

Jones Returning to District to Direct Jackson Public Schools Athletics
JACKSON, Mississippi, July 10 -- Jackson Public Schools issued the following news:

Daryl Jones is returning to Jackson Public Schools to lead the Athletics Department as Executive Director. He will replace long time AD Coach Clinton Johnson who retired at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Jones previously held school administrator and coaching roles at two JPS high schools. Since his most recent stint at Callaway, Jones has served as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach in the Canton Public School District (2014-2017) and Athletic Director in the Hinds County School District (2017-2020).

Acclaimed ... Show Full Article

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Parents Have a Choice in Their Children's Instruction for the 2020-2021 School Year
MIAMI, Florida, July 7 -- Miami-Dade County Public Schools issued the following news release:

Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) strives to safely return students to the physical schoolhouse for the 2020-2021 school year, but recognizes that doing so will not be possible while Miami-Dade County remains in Phase 1 of The Plan for Florida's Recovery. M-DCPS' tentative schools reopening plan will be enacted only once Miami-Dade County is in Phase 2. The plan is built to ensure M-DCPS can rapidly pivot, if necessary, in response to a shift back to Phase 1 or to a broader reopening under a transition ... Show Full Article

Arlington County Grants $500,000 to Provide Free High-Speed Internet to Students in Need
ARLINGTON, Virginia, July 7 -- The Arlington Public Schools issued the following news release:

In May, the Arlington County Board allocated $500,000 of funding for a joint County/School Internet Essentials Grant Program to provide broadband internet access to APS students in need. The grant, allocated as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, will provide free, high-speed internet access to low-income families who qualify for Internet Essentials from Comcast. Arlington is the first community in Virginia to partner with Comcast to offer free broadband services ... Show Full Article