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Be an Achievement First Advocate

“This is not about deciding whether to fix education or fix poverty. We have to commit to fixing both.”
 
- Howard Fuller
  Director, Institute for the Transformation of Learning 
  at Marquette University

With only one in 10 low-income students graduating from college in this country, it is clear that we are not meeting our obligation as a society, and as a nation, to provide equal opportunities for all children. Achievement First has always understood that it is not enough to simply run great schools for the more than 8,100 students we serve. Through advocacy efforts and partnerships, we are committed to more broadly influencing the education landscape in our districts and communities, thereby improving the educational opportunities available for all children.

In Connecticut, we are focused on securing equitable funding for public charter schools, which currently receive approximately 80 percent of the public funding allotted to traditional public schools. We are also partnering with our districts—New Haven, Hartford and Bridgeport—as well as other local organizations, to share knowledge to help close Connecticut’s achievement gap, the largest achievement gap in the nation between low-income and affluent students.  

In New York City, where Achievement First schools received an average of more than eight lottery enrollment forms for each available seat, we are committed to providing Brooklyn families with more excellent public school options. As the mayoral race approaches, Achievement First parents, along with other like-minded community leaders and organizations, are working together to advocate for policies that will support high-performing public schools.

In Rhode Island, we are advocating for policies that will grant public charter schools the freedom and autonomy they need to effectively drive student achievement. We are also seeking more equitable reimbursement policies for construction and renovation of public school buildings. 

Take Action Today

There are several ways you can advocate for high-performing public charter schools in our communities.

  • Become a “myth buster.” Public charter schools are often the subjects of myths and misinformation. Help us spread the truth about public charter schools by sharing information about Achievement First with your friends, family and colleagues. To receive updates and news from Achievement First, like us on Facebook or follow us @achievement1st on Twitter.
  • Invite your friends to an Achievement First school to learn more.
    Join us for our exciting Visitor Day program.
  • Register to vote! Click on your state below to access your state’s voter registration form and local representatives, please click on the following links:
       Connecticut  |  New York  |  Rhode Island
  • Sign up for our advocacy newsletter, The AF Reformer. Sign up to receive monthly updates on specific actions you can take to support Achievement First and education reform.
       

If you are interested in learning more about public charter schools, please visit the websites of some of our partner organizations:

ConnCAN
Families for Excellent Schools

New York City Charter School Center

Northeast Charter School Network

Rhode Island Mayoral Academies

RI-CAN

 
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