CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF ADVOCACY, TOGETHER
Thanks to you, the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now celebrated its 10th year of advocacy in 2015. Your commitment to a future where every child has the opportunity to fulfill his or her potential has led to a decade of championing student-focused policies that ensure all our children have access to the excellent public education they need and deserve. It’s clear Connecticut’s economic and civic future rests on giving kids a great education today.
No child should unfairly be denied the opportunity to receive an education they can count on, and your efforts to ensure that doesn’t happen is making a real difference. Here are some of our favorite examples of the impact you’ve had on expanding access to great schools, teachers and district leaders for all children across Connecticut, regardless of race, family income or zip code:
- Higher standards and greater accountability for results: Your support helped us ensure that Connecticut adopted and continues to implement the Common Core State Standards, which raise expectations to ensure all students are prepared for success in college and career. Your support also helped us ensure that Connecticut uses valid and reliable measures, each year, to measure progress and know how well all students are meeting those standards.
- Increased access to high-quality public school options: Evidence shows that Connecticut’s public charter schools are delivering strong results for students. Thousands of families across our state are waiting for access to these options. Your support helped many families and students get it. With your voice, this school year, 24 public charter schools are serving more than 9,000 students in 11 cities across Connecticut. That’s nearly double the schools and three times the amount of kids than when we started this work 10 years ago.
- Recruitment, support and retention of great teachers principals and leaders: Your efforts have helped us create alternate pathways to certification and remove roadblocks that keep talented educators out of Connecticut’s schools. We helped bring Teach for America to our state, made it easier to hire excellent math and science educators, created an alternative pathway for Connecticut’s most talented classroom teachers to become principals, and passed policies to improve Connecticut’s ability to recruit and retain great teachers and leaders of color.
What’s more, your support has helped spark change in other states. Inspired by the success of ConnCAN, in 2011, the 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now (50CAN) emerged as an independent organization to bring the success of ConnCAN to other states around the country.
We’ve made real progress together, but there is still so much to do. Thousands of children in Connecticut continue to lack access and opportunity to the great schools, teachers and principals they need.
Our 10th anniversary gave us a moment to reflect upon progress towards our goals of a high-quality education for every child in Connecticut. It also brought us together to renew our commitment to the work and redouble our efforts to meet the challenges facing students, their families, and our state.
ConnCAN’s 2015 Annual Report is filled with moments and memories where you worked together, spoke out, marched and stood up for great public education to make a difference in lives of all Connecticut’s students.
We hope you enjoy the best moments from our 10th year together. We’re ready to fight for as long as it takes to ensure every child has access to the great public education they need and deserve. With your support, we will make that dream a reality.
Will Heins, Board Chair, Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now