Tuesday, August 26, 2008

DC to host national charter school conference

Mark your calendars: on June 20-23, 2009 the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools will hold there national conference in the District.
WASHINGTON, Aug 22, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- More than 3,000 Expected to Attend Annual Meeting
The 9th Annual National Charter Schools Conference will be held in Washington, DC, June 20-23, 2009 with more than 3,000 participants expected to attend, according to the event's organizer, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

"With a new Congress and a new Administration coming in and getting down to business in 2009, it's fitting that the national charter school movement hold its annual conference in Washington," said Alliance President and CEO Nelson Smith. "The public charter school movement is continuing to grow in number and in quality, and we're excited to be able to share this story next year with federal and local policymakers here in the nation's capital."

Washington is also an appropriate host because the city has the second-highest number of students in public charter schools in the nation, behind only Philadelphia. More than 22,000 (30%) of district students are enrolled in public charter schools.

The national conference will hold two general sessions featuring major education leaders and provide more than 100 break-out sessions on current issues for teachers, administrators, authorizers and professionals from across the public charter school community. Participants will also be able to tour the expo hall anticipated to feature more than 200 education-related exhibitions.

For questions about registration, programming, and sponsor /exhibitor opportunities, email nationalconference@publiccharters.org or call 206-463-3344.

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools ( www.publiccharters.org) is the national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement. The Alliance works to increase the number of high performing charter schools available to all families, particularly low-income and minority families who currently do not have access to quality public schools. The Alliance provides assistance to state charter school associations and resource centers, develops and advocates for improved public policies, and serves as the united voice for this large and diverse movement.

SOURCE National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

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