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Countless Students Beating the Odds this Graduation Season

Charter School Group Celebrates #30DaysofGrad

/ PR Newswire / — Many charter school students across the country have overcome difficult challenges to receive their high school diplomas. In celebration of their work, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has launched a #30DaysOfGrad project highlighting inspiring stories from charter school graduates and schools across the country.
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Students featured in the series have overcome a variety of obstacles to receive their high school diplomas and many are moving on to prestigious colleges and universities in the fall. For example, AB Bustamante a student from Uplift Peak Preparatory charter school in Dallas, is the first in his family to graduate from high school. Next fall, he will attend the United States Naval Academy.

Alejandra Corona, a 17-year-old Cuban-American from Mater High School in Hialeah Gardens, Florida is graduating with her high school diploma and her associate’s degree.

Other stories celebrate the work of charter schools where 100 percent of their graduating classes are headed to college. Nashville’s LEAD Academy, Chicago’s Urban Prep Academies, and Boston’s Match Education are a just a few who have been recognized for this outstanding achievement. 

Find out if a student in your community has been recognized and read more inspiring stories on the #30DaysOfGrad page at

About Public Charter Schools
Public charter schools are independent, public, and tuition-free schools that are given the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Since 2010, all but one independent research study has found that students in charter schools do better in school than their traditional school peers. For example, one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that charter schools do a better job teaching low income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center for Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood.

About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter sector. For more information, please visit our website at

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