We are a Coalition of charter schools 
that have racially, culturally 
and socioeconomically diverse student populations.

We Believe

Diverse schools provide greater opportunities for students to learn from one another.

Diversity is a cost-effective method of boosting student achievement.

Diverse schools promote the celebration and understanding of other cultures and viewpoints.

Diverse schools invigorate and strengthen urban neighborhoods by bringing community members together.

Charter schools can and should contribute to solving the historic challenge of integrating our public school system.

Achieving diversity often requires deliberate efforts through recruitment, admissions policies and school design.

Diverse charter schools promote equality by ensuring that students from different backgrounds have the same high quality educational opportunities.


Diverse Charter Schools Coalition Supports the DREAM Act 
Earlier this week, the Trump administration announced plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which would ultimately require 800,000 undocumented DREAMers who grew up in the United States as children, and their families, to leave the country. 

This decision is antithetical to the values we support as an organization and the beliefs we hold professionally, but also personally as well. I am the daughter of immigrants, as many of us are, Elsa an immigrant herself. It’s impossible to ignore the impact this decision has on our work. But for many of us, this is also deeply personal. 

The Coalition comprises charter schools that not just welcome, but champion all forms of diversity, including racial, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity. The decision to end DACA sends the wrong message to the schools serving kids in our districts, cities and towns. It runs counter to everything we believe and know--that diverse schools provide greater opportunities for students to learn from one another; that it boosts student achievement for all students and strengthens neighborhoods by bringing community members together; that diversity promotes the celebration and understanding of other cultures and viewpoints. 

It could have a direct and devastating impact on members of our community, including the teachers, staff, role models, and leaders in our schools. Perhaps most egregious, the decision sends the message that, as a country, we do not believe in serving all students equally, that students from different backgrounds should not have the same high-quality educational opportunities.

We need to take action. If we can’t protect the weakest and most vulnerable in our country, then we can’t protect anybody. We need to support these students not because it’s the convenient or easiest thing to do, but because it is the right thing to do, and because it is reflective of who we are. 

As a coalition, we will continue to support diverse charter schools and their students, regardless of their status. We urge you to contact your congressional representatives to send the message that you stand up for these students and support the DREAM Act. Now it’s up to them to make the decision of what happens to these kids. We have to make a concerted effort to protect them in whatever way possible. 


Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School

Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School

Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy

Boston Collegiate Charter School

Bricolage Academy of New Orleans

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School

Brooklyn Urban Garden School

Capital City Public Charter School

Citizens of the World Charter Schools

City Charter Schools

City Neighbors Schools

Community Roots Charter School

Compass Charter School

Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) Network

E.L. Haynes Public Charter School

Elmwood Village Charter School

Genesee Community Charter School

Hebrew Public

Herron High School

High Tech High Charter School

Homer Plessy Community School

International Charter School of New York

International High School of New Orleans

International School of Louisiana

Larchmont Charter School

Lead Academy

Lee Montessori Public Charter School

Montessori for All

Morris Jeff Community School

New York French American Charter School

Odyssey Charter School

Success Academy Charter Schools

Summit Public School

Thrive Public School

Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences

Valley Charter Schools

Valor Collegiate Academy

Washington Latin Public Charter School

Governing Board

Andrea Arroyo, Citizens of the World Charter Schools, CA, NY, KS

Dr. Brian Beabout, The University of New Orleans

Veronica Brooks-Uy, Public Impact

Mike DeMatteo, Blackstone Valley Prep, RI

Krupa Desai, The Broad Center

Veronica Alvarez Grajeda, High Tech High, CA

Eric Grannis, The Tapestry Project

Heather Lamm, DSST, Denver, CO

Bobbi Macdonald, City Neighbors, Baltimore

Dr. Deborah McGriff, NewSchools Venture Fund

Halley Potter, The Century Foundation

Robert Reed, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Jon Rosenberg, Hebrew Public, CA, DC, MN, NJ, NY

Daniel Kikuji Rubenstein, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, NY

Dr. Heather L. Schwartz, RAND Corporation

Dr. Lee Teitel, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Sean Wilson, International High School of New Orleans, New Orleans

Sonia Park, Executive Director
Elsa Duré, Deputy Director