Jeremiah Grace

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Connecticut State Director, Northeast Charter Schools Network

New Haven, Connecticut

Jeremiah Grace is the Connecticut state director for the Northeast Charter Schools Network (NECSN), the membership and advocacy organization for Connecticut and New York charter schools.

Jeremiah’s work involves developing strong relationships with key legislators and government influencers, and he works closely with schools and partners to create a stronger and more unified charter school movement. He directs Connecticut’s charter school advocacy for NECSN, which recently resulted in two new schools opening, as well as a halt to a proposed charter moratorium in the state.

Before joining NECSN, Jeremiah was the national regional director for Project Vote, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works to empower, educate and mobilize marginalized and under-represented voters. Jeremiah also worked as the head of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey’s Racial Justice program, allowing him to work on issues that affected his hometown, such as police practices, voting rights, criminal justice and education. He is also a former member of the Elizabeth Board of Education in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where he became the youngest commissioner ever elected to that board.

Jeremiah’s heart and soul is in advocating for the voiceless; that inspires his activism. Jeremiah credits his single mother-upbringing, Christian roots, and 12 years of political involvement with making him the person he is: an advocate who’s not afraid to make a little noise.

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Posted Nov. 28, 2016

Black, Proud and Pro-School Choice: Sorry, I’m Not Sorry

In ratifying a resolution to issue a moratorium on charter schools, the NAACP—despite its storied history of defending the civil…

By Jeremiah Grace

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Everyone Is Entitled to an Opinion on Charter Schools But Parents Deserve the Final Say

Over the last year we’ve seen the NAACP come out forcefully against charter schools. We’ve seen the Trump administration support choice in ways that have…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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