During a hearing on accountability for schools, Congressman Jared Polis (D) Colorado, had a dialogue with Eric Gordon, CEO of the Cleveland Schools about his relationship with Breakthrough Schools, the highest performing network of public charter schools in the State of OH. See for yourself. Click here!
At the federal level, Breakthrough Schools is now part of a national coalition of high-quality charter management organizations (CMO) that are helping to shape legislation in Congress and protect federal funding for high performing charter schools. Recently, representatives were in Washington DC for key meetings on Capitol Hill. Breakthrough has joined 23 other high-quality CMO’s to address charter school funding issues. Click here to read the white paper, “Growing the Nation’s Best Charter Schools” which was distributed to several congressional offices. Together the group serves over 150,000 students and if rated as such would be the #1 rated district in the United States.
At the state level, Breakthrough Schools recently testified before the Senate Education Finance Subcommittee at the Ohio Statehouse. Breakthrough is part of a group of high performing charter schools in Ohio that has been convened by nationally recognized policy leaders, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and Students First, to provide testimony. Joining Breakthrough in providing either public or written testimony were Fordham, Students First, DECA, KIPP, United Schools Network and E Prep-Woodland Hills. Two amendments were submitted to Senate leaders and we will know soon how the amendments will fair for the rest of the budget process. The testimonies given by Breakthrough and E Prep-Woodland Hills can be read here:
Robert Kilo, Director of Major Gifts and Advocacy testimony
Chris O'Brien, Head of School, E Prep Woodland Hills testimony
Soon our legislators will need to hear your voice again. You made an impact during the Cleveland Plan legislation season by sending thousands of emails to various legislators and we look forward to having your support when needed next.