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Six YES Prep High Schools Take Gold in US News & World Report

All six of our qualifying high schools earned gold medals from the U.S. News and World Report 2016 Best High Schools list. With over 22,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia considered, only the top 500 schools with the highest college readiness scores received the gold medal distinction. That's just 2.3% of all schools assessed!

Mr. Trump, Don't boost our budgets while cutting education: Charter school CEOs

"We need federal support for all schools, for all kids, not just kids in 'choice' schools," said Charter School CEOs in a joint statement published in USA Today. The article was written in response to the "skinny budget" the White House released earlier this month, which offered $168 million in new funds for charter schools but also cut critical programs impacting all public schools such as Pell Grants and AmeriCorps.

YES Prep and Other Charters Fight Uphill Facilities Funding Battle

Students march with "I Choose YES Prep" signsThe Texas Tribune talks with YES Prep CEO Mark DiBella about facilities funding for public charter schools.

“Honestly, I think the lack of knowledge ... hurts our efforts a ton,” DiBella said. “Last session, I testified to the House Education Committee specifically related to facilities funding, and members of the House committee did not fully understand that charter schools are public schools.”

Embracing and Protecting Diversity

Mark DiBella

YES Prep Community,
 
We live in unprecedented times—times that both remind us of the fundamental importance of our mission and that leave many of us deeply concerned about how to best advocate for our students and ourselves. In the midst of this uncertainty, I am reminded of our collective resolve to embrace and protect diversity in order to eliminate educational inequity and advance social justice.