Connecticut's 20th Anniversary of Public Charter Schools

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1996-02-25 00:00:00

Charter Schools: Laboratories For Learning

Hartford Courant Editorial

1996-05-02 00:00:00

Senate Passes Public Charter School Bill

On May 2, 1996, Connecticut's State Senate passed S.B. 59, 28 votes to 7. The bill established public charter schools in the state of Connecticut.

1996-05-08 00:00:00

House Passes Public Charter School Bill

On May 8, 1996, Connecticut's State House of Representatives passed S.B. 59, 130 votes to 16. The bill established public charter schools in the state of Connecticut.

1996-06-04 00:00:00

Charter Schools Signed Into Law

On June 4,1996, Governor John Rowland signed Public Act 96-214, the law establishing Connecticut's public charter schools.

1997-02-27 00:00:00

State Board of Education Approves First Public Charter Schools

On February 27, 1997, Connecticut’s State Board of Education voted to approve the state’s first round of public charter schools. They included 10 state charter schools and two local charter schools in communities across the state.

1997-02-28 00:00:00

12 Innovative, Independent Schools Win State Approval To Open

Hartford Courant, by Robert Frahm

1997-03-27 00:00:00

Winsted Charter School Is Feeling Time Crunch

Applications for a regional charter school will be taken in early April, but much work remains if the school is to open this fall.

1997-05-01 00:00:00

140 Lucky Ones, A New School

In a crowded community room at city hall,the prospective parents of the Side by Side Community School were assembled, some with ponytails and dreadlocks, others with shaved heads or neatly trimmed hairstyles.

1997-05-15 00:00:00

Hartford Could Be Left Without, As Charter Schools Open This Fall

As excitement builds at the charter schools set to open this fall throughout Connecticut, Hartford -- the neediest district in the state -- may end up without one.

1997-06-01 00:00:00

A New Kind of School for Connecticut

The New York Times, by Frances Chamberlain

1997-06-04 00:00:00

Charter School Finds Site

Explorations, the state-approved charter school, has found a home on Main Street.

1997-07-01 00:00:00

Public Charter School Enrollment for the 1997-1998 School Year

The state approved a total enrollment of 1,115 students for public charter schools in the 1997-1998 school year.

1997-07-01 00:00:00

Total Public Charter School Funding for FY98

Special Act 97-21 set total charter school funding at $6.0 million for FY98

1997-07-01 03:24:59

Public Charter Schools in the 1997-1998 School Year

There were 12 active schools for the 1997-1998 school year.

1997-07-01 03:24:59

Public Charter School Per Pupil Funding for FY98

Public Act 96-214 set charter school per pupil funding at $5,996.55 for FY98. The law set charter per-pupil at 105% of the State’s Education Cost Sharing Formula’s “Foundation Amount.” At the time, Sec. 10-262f set that Foundation Amount at $5,711 per child.

1997-07-17 00:00:00

Winsted Charter School To Notify Fall Students

Explorations, the state charter school scheduled to open this fall, is to notify students chosen for its first year by the end of the week

1997-08-01 08:00:00

Integrated Day Charter School Opening Day

The Integrated Day program was initially established within the existing public school system in 1989.

1997-08-20 00:00:00

Charter School Rushes To Open Doors On Time

On Tuesday afternoon, the new Explorations charter school was strewn with construction debris and tools. Walls were unpainted. Classroom floors were bare concrete.

1997-08-24 00:00:00

Hartford School For Sports Lovers Not Hooked On Being Athletes

It's called the Sport Sciences Academy, but it's not a school for jocks.

1997-08-24 00:00:00

Dream Of Charter School Becomes A Reality

William Jawitz's chest tightened as he picked up a message from his fax machine early one morning in February.

1997-08-24 00:00:00

This Week, The First Of 12 Charter Schools Begins Operating In The State, As Connecticut Joins A National School Reform Movement Offering...

1997-08-26 00:00:00

Common Ground High School Opened in New Haven

Common Ground’s founders — teachers, environmentalists, concerned citizens, philanthropists — envisioned programs that would use local parks to teach key ecological concepts and to connect youth to natural resources in their own communities. These founders believed in the power of place-based education and in the importance of food as a central environmental and social issue:

1997-08-26 03:24:59

Explorations Charter School Opening Day

Located in rural Winsted, Connecticut, Explorations Charter School was founded to meet the needs of bright high school students who were not motivated in the traditional public school setting, but were full of potential for greater academic achievement.

1997-08-27 14:25:38

Coventry Science Center Opening Day

Coventry Science Center was one of the state’s first local charter schools, in partnership with Coventry Public Schools. The school opened as part of Coventry High School, where it’s students received in-depth science education, while their non-science work was done in classes at the local high school.

1997-08-29 00:00:00

Charter School Gets 5-year Commitment

The school board voted Thursday night to commit five years of financial support and cooperation to the town's first charter school, even as one board member questioned the new school's existence.

1997-09-01 00:00:00

Odyssey Community School Opening Day

Odyssey School was founded by Bill Jawitz and Lia Barnes in 1997. At the time, the school was located in the basement of a lighting company in Manchester.

1997-09-01 00:00:00

Side by Side Charter School Opening Day

Side by Side Community School was founded in 1997 by six public school educators when Connecticut charter school law first went into effect

1997-09-01 00:00:00

The Bridge Academy Opening Day

Bridge Academy founders Timothy Dutton and Rachel Allison developed the concept for the school in 1996.

1997-09-01 00:00:00

Sports Sciences Academy Opening Day

Hartford’s Sports Sciences Academy opened in 1997 as one of two local charters operating as part of Connecticut’s first round of public charter schools.

1997-09-01 00:00:00

Ancestors Community Charter High School Opening Day

Ancestors Community Charter High School opened in Waterbury in 1997, and focused on academic skills, character development and career preparation.

1997-09-01 00:00:00

Interdistrict School for the Arts and Communication Opening Day

In 1996, parents from the Regional Multicultural Magnet School petitioned the state to create a magnet middle school in New London with a vision to integrate art, music, and multicultural education.

1997-09-01 14:25:38

Village Academy Opening Day

Ancestors Community Charter High School opened in Waterbury in 1997, and focused on academic skills, character development and career preparation.

1997-09-02 08:00:00

Jumoke Academy Opening Day

Not satisfied with the slow rate of district change, in 1997, Thelma Ellis Dickerson founded Jumoke Academy in the north end of Hartford.

1997-11-02 14:25:38

It's Shakeout Time At New Charter Schools

Last spring, the State Department of Education selected the winning dozen public charter schools from among 29 applications.

1998-01-22 14:25:38

Charter School Approvals Sought

Patricia Guiheen of Hartford could not believe her 9-year-old stepdaughter's luck when, in first grade, she was chosen to take part in Project Breakthrough. Guiheen spoke before the state board of trustees of Hartford public schools at a public hearing Tuesday in support of the specialized science and social studies program.

1998-02-12 14:25:38

Two New Charter Schools Approved

The board of trustees overseeing Hartford schools approved two new charter schools Tuesday over the wishes of the superintendent, who said she preferred keeping the programs within the school system.

1998-03-03 14:25:38

Deficit Threatens Charter School

To cope with a projected deficit of more than $2 million, the Hartford public schools have shut off new spending at an experimental charter school, something the state says the city cannot do.

1998-03-04 14:25:38

State Board of Education Approves Second Round of Public Charter Schools

On Wednesday, March 4, 1998, Connecticut’s State Board of Education voted to approve the state’s second round of public charter schools.

1998-03-05 14:25:38

State Board Of Education Approves 5 Charter Schools

In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the State Board of Education approved five more charter schools designed to provide new options for parents and students.

1998-06-22 14:25:38

Coventry Science Center Graduates First Class, Of Three Students

Justin Trzaskos, Rahsaan Massicotte and Jeremiah Woodward became the first three students to graduate from Coventry Science Center, the town's first-ever charter school, during this weekend's commencement exercises.

1998-07-01 00:00:00

Public Charter School Enrollment for the 1998-1999 School Year

The state approved a total enrollment of 1,757 students for public charter schools in the 1998-1999 school year.

1998-07-01 00:00:00

Public Charter School Per Pupil Funding for FY99

Public Act 98-168 set charter school per pupil funding at $6,500 for FY99.

1998-07-01 00:00:00

Total Public Charter School Funding for FY99

Special Act 98-6 set total charter school funding at $9.8 million for FY99

1998-07-01 03:24:59

Public Charter Schools in the 1998-1999 School Year

There were 16 active schools for the 1998-1999 school year.

1998-08-06 14:25:38

4 New Charter Schools To Open

The State Board of Education approved four new innovative public charter schools Wednesday as Connecticut expanded its role in a national movement to give parents more choices.

1998-08-14 14:25:38

Breakthrough Charter School Opens It’s Doors

The mission of Breakthrough Charter School was for staff, families and community members to work in partnership developing students as models of outstanding character.

1998-08-30 14:25:38

School Options Change Course Of Education

Hartford parent Gail Alston Watson and her three children are a self-contained reform movement.

1998-09-01 11:14:35

Brooklawn Academy Opens Its Doors

Brooklawn Academy was a Fairfield-based public charter school that opened in September 1998. The school opened serving 60 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from Bridgeport and Fairfield.

1998-09-01 23:30:09

Highville Charter School Opens Its Doors

The Highville Charter School, which opened as an elementary and middle school in 1998, is an enterprising and caring community with strong parent and community involvement.

1999-02-10 13:38:32

Science Center Surrenders Its Charter

After two years of wrangling, local education officials have surrendered the charter of the Coventry Science Center to the state Department of Education, but hope to continue the center's program at Coventry High School.

Connecticut's 20th Anniversary of Public Charter Schools

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