Advocate

DSC_0318    DSC_0380 Breakthrough continues its partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), the mayor’s office, the city’s business community, local foundations, the Cleveland Teachers Union and local families. In November 2012, for the first time in sixteen years, the 15 mil school levy passed in Cleveland. And, for the first time in the history of Ohio, , a small portion of that levy was designated for high-quality charter schools partnering with CMSD. Cleveland is only the second city in the country to allow charters access to local levy funds. Breakthrough was both proud and honored to be part of this historical legislative effort on behalf of Cleveland’s children.

On both the state and federal levels, Friends of Breakthrough Schools (Friends) monitors legislation, builds relationships with legislators and their staffs, and advocates for the interest of the Breakthrough network. Friends works to suggest legislation to benefit Breakthrough’s mission and vision and advocates on the state level to ensure that all state legislation takes into account the unique and critical needs of high-quality charters in Ohio. Friends also participate in a state-wide coalition of high-quality charter supporters, including KIPP Columbus, the Thomas Fordham Foundation, Students First, and United Schools Network.Prep-Mother-and-Daughter

With Breakthrough’s growing federal discretionary grant portfolio, Friends has committed to an increased level of federal advocacy to protect that funding stream and the interests of high-quality charter management organizations (CMOs) in general, and to advocate for legislation favorable to additional federal funding in the future. Friends regularly meet with Congressional legislators and their staffs in Washington DC and Cleveland to advocate for our network of high-quality charter schools. We serve as a resource to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools on a variety of issues pertaining to legislation and charter management organizations. We also participate in efforts undertaken by the nation’s coalition of high-quality charter management organizations, of which we are a member. We are one of only a handful of charter management organizations to have staff dedicated to federal advocacy.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact John Zitzner, President, at jzitzner@breakthroughschools.org.

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