May 7-11, 2018
National Charter Schools Week is May 7-11. We’re happy to take this opportunity to recognize and raise public awareness for charter schools, the academic success of charter school students, and the charter school community as a whole.
The charter school movement has been growing steadily since the first charter law passed in 1991 in Minnesota. To date, 44 states and D.C. have charter schools, with 3.2 million students attending charter schools. There are 7,000 public charter schools nationwide receiving $400 million in funding and employing 219,000 charter school teachers.
This year, during National Charter Schools Week, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is highlighting “Change Makers”— the teachers, leaders, elected officials, advocates, families, students, and alumni who make up the charter movement.
They are encouraging schools and advocates alike to join in the celebration by hosting/attending local rallies, inviting elected officials to classroom visits, and sharing the voices of “changemakers” through blog posts, media outlets, and social media posts.
Get some awesome resources, social templates, and guides here.
Add one of the Social Media Badges as your profile picture for the week. Let everyone know you are a strong charter supporter. Click on the graphic to save the image.
Some Shareable Facts!
Looking for ideas on what to post to your social circles? Why not use some of these facts? Whether you are a school leader, a teacher, parent, etc., the National Alliance has compiled some specific messaging tailored for you here.
- In 2017-18, there are 148 public charter schools
- Since 2007 the number of charter school students in Louisiana increased by 445% from 18,000 to 80,000
- Charter schools in Louisiana serve nearly 80,000 students in 25 parishes
- About two-thirds of Louisiana residents (68 percent) favor increasing the number of charter schools in the state (2016 LSU Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs)
- Charter schools employ nearly 4,000 teachers
- 79% of students attending Louisiana charter schools are minority students
- 77% of students attending Louisiana charter schools are economically disadvantaged
- Read the history of charter schools in Louisiana here
- In 2017-18, there are more than 7,000 charter schools (National Alliance, 2018)
- Charter schools serve nearly 3.2 million students in 43 states and D.C. (National Alliance, 2018)
- Charter schools serve 6 percent of the 50 million public school students in the U.S.
- In 2015-16, 67 percent of charter school students identified as students of color, compared to 51 percent of district school students (CCD)
- In 2016-17, 60 percent of charter schools were independently managed and 26 percent were part of a non-profit CMO
- Students in urban charter schools gained an additional 40 days in math and 28 days of reading per year compared to their district school peers—low-income Black and Hispanic students showed even more progress (CREDO, 2015)
- In 2017, 6 of the 10 best high schools were charter schools (U.S. News, 2017)
- According to a nationally representative survey, nearly 80 percent of parents want public school choice (National Alliance, 2016)
- There are more than 5 million additional students who would attend a public charter school if they had access (PDK, 2017)
- 47 percent of U.S. adults support public charter schools, 29 percent oppose them, with the rest having no opinion. (EdNext, 2018)
Share on Social Media – #CharterSchoolsWeek
Our team will be following along and featuring some of these National Charter Schools Week activities on our social channels including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. We invite you to join the conversation by using the hashtag #CharterSchoolsWeek so we can help amplify your voice and the voice of the movement!