March 31, 2014 was the final day for the NCACS. Long may its doctrines prevail.
Thirty six years ago the National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools opened its doors as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Its members were/are people who founded and/or staffed alternative schools and programs or at-home schools. They were then and still are dedicated to the precepts of the NCACS by-laws:
♦ empowering youngsters and adults to actively and collectively direct their own lives;
♦ placing the control of education in the hands of the learners—students, parents, teachers; and
♦ developing tools and skills to work for social justice.
These commitments marked the NCACS as one-of-a-kind. Over the years, more and more individuals and groups embraced the same beliefs to the point where, today, more people the world over recognize and promote empowerment, self-directed learning, and social justice.
The NCACS Board of Directors sought input from the members in July 2013 and again in October 2013. All of the respondents agreed that the work of the organization is being done well by other groups and that, given the current number of member schools, it is time to turn out the lights and close the doors.
Please direct any questions or comments to NCACS, P.O. Box 1451, Ann Arbor, MI 48106.