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CSF’s Fall Newsletter Released

coverimageThis just in: the Fall 2013 CSF newsletter is here! Click through to read:

  • A special thank you from a CSF parent;
  • Coverage on the recent NY rally for education tax credits;
  • News on CSF alumni graduation rates;
  • Highlights of CSF and CSF partner events across the country;
  • A feature on a Harlem cooking workshop for CSF families,
  • And much, much more!

You can read and download the newsletter here. If you would like a hard copy, please email us.

Have a wonderful holiday season from all of us at the Children’s Scholarship Fund!

 

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More Than 5,000 Rally for Education in Westchester

More than 5,000 schoolchildren from 60 area schools turned out for the rally.

More than 5,000 schoolchildren from 60 area schools turned out for the rally.

Yesterday at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, more than 5,000 schoolchildren (including many CSF Scholars), teachers, legislators, and others rallied to support the Education Investment Tax Credit legislation currently under consideration in the New York State Legislature. The bill would create an individual and corporate tax credit to help children attending both public and private schools across the state.

Illeannesis Menendez, a former CSF Scholar and current pre-law freshman at Iona College, spoke eloquently to the crowd gathered about how her CSF scholarship made it possible for her mother to send her to St. Philip Neri School and then to Aquinas High School, where she developed the skills she needs to succeed in college. Several other CSF families taped moving testimonial interviews that were shown at the rally.

CSF Alum Illeannesis Menendez, who spoke at the rally, with her sisters and mom, Illian.

CSF Alum Illeannesis Menendez with her sisters and mom, Illian.

As well as CSF Alum Illeannesis Menendez, other speakers addressing the rally included: Senate Co-President Jeff Klein, Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Senators Ruth Hassell-Thompson, George Latimer, David Carlucci, Assembly members Gary Pretlow and Steve Otis, and Dr. Timothy J. McNiff, Archdiocese of New York Superintendent of Schools.

As well as CSF Alum Illeannesis Menendez, other speakers addressing the rally included: Senate Co-President Jeff Klein; Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins; Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson; Senator George Latimer; Senator David Carlucci; Assembly members Gary Pretlow and Steve Otis, Rabbi Yehiel Mark Kalish of Agudath Israel of America, and Dr. Timothy J. McNiff, Archdiocese of New York Superintendent of Schools.

If enacted, this bill would potentially allow CSF and its Buffalo partner, the BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund, to serve significantly more children each year, meeting the demands of thousands more parents who want to send their children to private school but simply cannot afford to do so.  You can read more about the rally here: http://bit.ly/1aqvGVb.

The 5,000 strong crowd came together to support tax credit legislation that would benefit children attending public and private schools.

The 5,000 strong crowd came together to support tax credit legislation that would benefit children attending public and private schools.

WSJ Publishes Letter to the Editor from CSF’s Chair and President on Peter Flanigan’s Legacy

The Wall Street Journal just published a letter to the editor from CSF Chair Mike McCurry and CSF President Darla Romfo in response to the paper’s recent editorial about the late Peter Flanigan’s education reform legacy.

In their letter, McCurry and Romfo urge a new generation of leaders to “take up the mantle and make [Flanigan’s] dream of a decent education for every American child a reality.”

You can read the full letter here: http://bit.ly/McCurryRomfoCSF

Read All About It: CSF’s Spring Newsletter Is Here

The latest CSF newsletter has just arrived from the printer.Spring13CoverWEB

Download the Spring 2013 newsletter to read:

  • Coverage of CSF Chair Mike McCurry’s recent speech on parental choice;
  • News about the Graduating Class of 2013 and one special college grad;
  • Highlights of CSF and CSF partner events across the country;
  • An update on our Stay in School Fund for families affected by Hurricane Sandy,
  • And much, much more!

You can read and download the newsletter here. If you would like a hard copy, please email us.

 

NJ Governor Chris Christie Supports Choice at CSF Philadelphia Event

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was presented with a Citizen of the Year award at Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia’s (CSFP) annual Student Award Ceremony this morning.

Governor Christie told the audience of CSFP Scholars, their families, and CSFP supporters that he wanted to accept the award in person because he believes it is important to put parents in charge of their child’s education.

“I will say it over and over again: No one cares about a child’s education more than a parent. And parents need to be empowered to make those choices regardless of their income, regardless of the means they bring to the table,” he said. “Their children’s dreams are no less precious than the children of parents of greater means.”

CSFP, a partner of the national Children’s Scholarship Fund, provided scholarships to 3,500 Philadelphia children to attend private schools in 2012-13.

Governor Chris Christie speaks at the Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia Student Award Ceremony on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

Governor Chris Christie speaks at the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia Student Award Ceremony on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

CSF Alumni Appear in Education Next

EdNextcoverWe are proud to report that the cover of the latest issue of Education Next  features two Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) alums, Denasia Watts and Tiffany Williams.

Both young women used CSF scholarships to attend private elementary schools in New York. Denasia will graduate from high school next month and plans to begin college this fall, while Tiffany has earned a bachelor’s degree from Temple University.

Inside the journal, photos of several more CSF alumni accompany an analysis of the recent study from Matthew M. Chingos and Paul E. Peterson which found that African-American students who used scholarships to attend private school  were more likely to enter college than their peers at public schools.

You can read the cover story online at http://educationnext.org/the-impact-of-school-vouchers-on-college-enrollment/.

CSF Chair Mike McCurry Makes Case for Choice

This morning, CSF Chairman Mike McCurry addressed the Alliance for School Choice summit, discussing how he came to be involved with Children’s Scholarship Fund and parental choice. He urged education reformers and policymakers to remain above the fray and focus on the positive stories of children and parents who are helped by scholarships and choice programs rather than demonizing opponents of choice.

“My suggestion is that we should be thinking of this movement as part of the antidote to the poison that’s now invaded our political system,” McCurry said, adding that reformers should “make this an issue that’s not about left and right and not about Republican and Democrat but about what works for kids and what doesn’t work.”

Telling the story of Jason Tejada, a CSF alumnus who is graduating from Columbia University this week and starting a job at J.P. Morgan, McCurry said the power of stories like Jason’s give energy to fuel the fight for better options for families unlucky enough to live in a zip code with low-performing schools.

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McCurry also called for an increased emphasis on the quality rather than quantity of choices available, noting that not every charter school or private school is high-performing. However, he remained optimistic and encouraged the audience to continue working for parental choice.

“We’ve got to stay the course, continue to do the hard work, go big, go bold, …to make sure we get to that destination in which every child in this country goes to a school that equips them for their future and every parent has the opportunity to make a choice about how that kid will be educated,” he concluded.

You can watch the speech online here and read more from Redefined’s blog here.