Best high schools in America
While charter schools make up just ten percent of all public schools included in the ranking, 24 of the 100 best high schools in the country as determined by U.S. News and World Report are charter schools. Check out the full awesome list here.
Supporting student nutrition through the ongoing pandemic
Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture extended key school nutrition flexibilities through the end of the 2021-22 school year. These are designed to allow schools to serve meals in non-group settings and at flexible times so schools can safely reopen—and remain open—while complying with social distancing and other federal health guidance.
More federal assistance to schools
The U.S. Department of Education recently released a new plan template to support states and districts in meeting requirements for applying for additional resources under the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief fund. While USDOE has added a significant amount of new reporting requirements at the state and district levels, the template is meant to ease the planning and submission process.
Iowa boosts charter schools
The Iowa legislature this week passed an important bill that would make it much easier to open a charter school in the Hawkeye State. Governor Kim Reynolds is expected to sign HF 813, opening the door to a more education option for thousands of students across the state.
Meanwhile, in New York…
Genesis Ramos is a star senior at the Math Engineering and Science Academy (MESA) charter school in New York City. She credits MESA with helping her achieve academic success in high school—she’ll be heading to City University of New York’s prestigious Macaulay honor’s program at Hunter and Baruch colleges next fall—and she’s got a message for the state legislature: pass a bill allowing existing charter schools to replicate in the Empire State. Legislation is currently stalled.
And in Ohio…
Speaking of amazing students: Meet Chloe Green. The central Ohio charter school graduate has just become what many folks believe is the youngest-ever self-financed home buyer in the region at age 19. She credits her three jobs, steady investments, and strong saving habits for getting her to her long-held goal. She is now studying psychology at Franklin University while running her own business and teaching on the side, so new and higher goals are likely in Chloe’s future.
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