Charter Association Applauds Governor Cuomo and Assembly Majority Leader Morelle’s Charter School Remarks

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The Northeast Charter Schools Network today applauded Governor Cuomo's comments on finding space for charter schools in struggling school districts like Rochester. Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle also pointed to space in closed public and parochial schools as a possible option for charter schools in that city.
 
For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 5, 2014
Contact: Jessica Mokhiber, 518-573-0516, jmokhiber@necharters.org
 
Charter Association Applauds Governor Cuomo and Assembly Majority Leader Morelle’s Charter School Remarks
 
Albany, NY – The Northeast Charter Schools Network today applauded Governor Cuomo's comments on finding space for charter schools in struggling school districts like Rochester. Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle also pointed to space in closed public and parochial schools as a possible option for charter schools in that city. (Story here.)  
 
Governor Cuomo suggested co-location as an option for finding additional space for charter schools in Rochester. Currently, New York City is the only city that co-locates charter schools in buildings with traditional district schools. When asked about a scenario where schools share space, he said, “If I'm Rochester, that's what I do first."
 
Morelle noted closed school buildings in the city and said, “There is enough space, and enough appropriate space for charters.” 
 
The Northeast Charter Schools Network CEO Kyle Rosenkrans said, "We are thrilled to hear the Governor and Majority Leader recognize that facilities remain a huge hurdle for upstate charters and that many can benefit from unused space in local school buildings. We thank open-minded lawmakers who realize the importance of giving families, especially those in places like Rochester, more public school options.”
 
Charter schools outside of New York City do not have access to state facilities funding, making finding a school building and paying for it the biggest hurdle for most charter schools. One possible solution is to extend a version of last year’s law to all existing charter schools, upstate and downstate.
 
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network:
The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional 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 in the region.
 
 
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