News from Jay: February 2024

Dear FCCS Family, 

As we celebrate Black History Month in February, we are sharing the incredible contributions of Black school leaders who have played a vital role in shaping our education landscape. Their dedication and impact extend far beyond February, inspiring us to create an inclusive environment where every student thrives.

In our pursuit of quality education for all, we are committed to fostering bipartisan support for parents’ right to choose the best schools for their families. This means acknowledging the positive influence leaders of color have on all students, advocating for funding equity, and ensuring equitable access to charter schools. Our mission is to champion diverse leadership, recognizing its profound impact on every student’s educational experience.

I am excited to share that our recent Advocacy Day at the Georgia State Capitol was a resounding success. We engaged with elected leaders from both sides of the aisle, emphasizing the importance of broadening and financing additional public school options. The conversations were pivotal in advancing our cause, and we look forward to building on this momentum.

In coordination with several of Georgia’s elected leaders, we brought a coalition of 1,000 students from several charter schools led by Black school leaders to the Georgia State Capitol for Advocacy Day on February 22. Check out the full recap here.

We believe every student deserves access to a great public education, regardless of their background or zip code. Join us in the #FightToChoose schools by us and for us! Click here to tell your legislator to support expanding Black-led charter schools in Georgia.

This month we also co-sponsored the annual National Alliance for Public Charter Schools School Leaders of Color (SLOC) convening, advocating alongside Black and Brown charter schools leaders and communities in Washington, D.C. We joined national leaders to advocate for high-quality public charter schools, including at a discussion on “Elevating Equity In Public Education: The Value of Charter School Leaders of Color,” moderated by Ron Rice of the National Alliance of Charter Public Schools and Miriam Raccah of BLACC.

Speaking of inspiring leaders, have you RSVP’d to join us in celebration of FCCS Lifetime Achievement Recipient, Geoffrey Canada, a pioneer in education and community empowerment? You can register to attend the event on May 7 in New York here.

Thank you for your continued support as we work together to empower families, celebrate diversity, and shape the future of education.

Warm Regards,

Jay Artis-Wright
Executive Director