Assistant Principal, Vickie Collins, brought a group of Northeast Academy students to today's charter school rally at the Capitol. Northeast Academy is a K-8 Core Knowledge charter school located in the Montbello area of Denver. Dr. Thomas Bouknight is the Principal.
Eighth grade student JQuan Howard said, "Charter schools rule!" when asked what he thought of today's rally. Fellow student Raudel Tena elaborated for his friend saying, "All students should be treated equal." Several of the rally speakers talked about how charter schools get less money for their facilities. Whereas local school districts can get taxpayer-generated bond funds, charter schools must use their state per pupil revenue to finance their facilities. Sen. Peter Groff, the Senator for the area where Northeast Academy is located, noted he expected the legislature to treat charter school students equal with other public school students.
The students of Northeast Academy recited their school's mission and proudly noted their mascot is the Eagle. The school stresses the importance of going on to college and has created several partnerships with the community to assist students in succeeding in high school and college.