More than 1,000 Charter School Families and Educators to Meet with Lawmakers in Albany at Annual Charter School Advocacy Day

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More than 1,000 charter school parents, students and educators will come together in Albany on Tuesday, February 2 for the 12th annual Charter School Advocacy Day, co-hosted by the Northeast Charter Schools Network and the New York City Charter School Center.

For Immediate Release:  Friday, January 29, 2016
Contact: NECSN: Jessica Mokhiber, (518) 573-0516jmokhiber@necharters.org; NYC Charter Center: Mitch Schwartz, (914) 330-1026mschwartz@skdknick.com 

ADVISORY: MORE THAN 1,000 CHARTER SCHOOL FAMILIES AND EDUCATORS TO MEET WITH LAWMAKERS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 IN ALBANY AT ANNUAL CHARTER SCHOOL ADVOCACY DAY 

Albany, NY – More than 1,000 charter school parents, students and educators will come together in Albany on Tuesday, February 2 for the 12th annual Charter School Advocacy Day, co-hosted by the Northeast Charter Schools Network and the New York City Charter School Center.

The daylong event features meetings with lawmakers to push for funding equity and facilities funding for schools that do not currently receive support for their buildings. There will also be a celebration of how far the movement has come, with more than 120,000 children enrolled in charters statewide. 

Speakers include New York State Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York MaryEllen Elia, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Independent Democratic Coalition Leader Senator Jeff Klein and Assembly Member Marcos Crespo. Students will also speak and perform throughout the day. Following the celebration, participants will meet with lawmakers individually to push for funding parity and facilities dollars for schools that do not currently receive support for their buildings.

Who: Charter school families and teachers from every region of the state, NYS Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Assembly Member Marcos Crespo, elected leaders, the Northeast Charter Schools Network and New York City Charter Schools Center.

What: 12th Annual Charter School Advocacy Day

When: Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 10am

Where: Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Empire State Plaza Concourse Level, Room 130; legislative meetings with lawmakers to take place throughout the day. 

Statewide on average, charter school students receive 75 cents on the dollar compared to students in district schools. The gap in funding is worse in places like Buffalo, where charter children only receive 60 cents on the dollar. In Rochester, it’s 68 cents on the dollar. Additionally, roughly one quarter of charter schools in New York City and all charters outside of New York City are denied access to state facilities funding. They are therefore forced to pay rent or mortgage, and spend scarce dollars on building maintenance – something other public schools do not have to do.

Participating schools and families will be showing unified support for New York State's charter schools on social media. Using the hashtags #120KStrong, #CharterFamiliesUnite and #BuildingEqualityNow, charter supporters are aiming to spread the word to lawmakers and the public that we're a strong movement and deserve funding parity!

About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is the membership and advocacy organization for the more than 250 charter schools in New York and Connecticut. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools. 

90 State Street, Suite 1030, Albany NY, 12207
www.necharters.org 

About the New York City Charter School Center
The New York City Charter School Center is an independent non-profit committed to fostering an environment in which public charters can open and flourish, and, through their innovative approaches, provide models for improving all public schools. The Charter Center helps new charter schools get started, supports existing schools, and engages the charter school community around key issues.  Learn more about the New York City Charter School Center at www.nyccharterschools.org.

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