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Should 280,000 New York City Children Be Left Behind? How Charter Schools Can Help

Thursday February 2003

With last year’s passage of the No Child Left Behind Act, New York City faces newly stringent requirements to provide children in underperforming schools with the educational options they deserve. What can be done to provide these options? Are charter schools a part of the answer?

This conference brings together charter school leaders, business executives, and government officials to answer those questions. They will discuss the educational potential of effective charter schools, as well as the concrete steps the City can undertake to expand charter school capacity sufficiently to make a real difference.


9:00 AM Introduction: No Child Left Behind
Thomas W. Carroll, President, Foundation for Education Reform & Accountability (FERA)
9:15 AM Panel I: Model Charter Schools
Moderator: Eva S. Moskowitz, Chairwoman of Education Committee, New York City Council
Kristin Kearns Jordan, Founder, Bronx Prep Charter School
Sonia Ortiz-Gulardo, Principal, Beginning With Children Charter School
David Levin, Founder, KIPP Academy Charter School
Brighter Choice Charter School for Girls & Brighter Choice Charter School for Boys
M. Christian Bender, Board Member
Stacy Ward, History Teacher
10:45 AM Panel II: Challenges to be Met
Moderator: Henry Olsen, Executive Director, Center for Civic Innovation at the Manhattan Institute
Carmen Maldonado, Community Development Officer, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Xanthe Jory, Founder, Bronx Charter School for the Arts
Daniel Oscar, Founder, John A. Reisenbach Charter School
Linda Sorden, Vice President, National Cooperative Bank Development Corporation
12:30 PM Luncheon and Keynote Address: The Promise of the No Child Left Behind Act
The Honorable Eugene Hickok, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education