Charter Association Disappointed in Unprecedented Move Away from Charter Support in Governor Dannel Malloy’s Budget

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New Haven, CTThe Northeast Charter Schools Network today reacted to the release of Governor Dannel Malloy’s budget, in particular certain proposals which would impact the future of the state’s public charter schools.

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For Immediate Release: February 8, 2017
Contact: Kerisha Harris, kharris@necharters.org, (203) 907-7238

Charter Association Disappointed in Unprecedented Move Away from Charter Support in Governor Dannel Malloy’s Budget 

New Haven, CT – The Northeast Charter Schools Network today reacted to the release of Governor Dannel Malloy’s budget, in particular certain proposals which would impact the future of the state’s public charter schools.

Northeast Charter Schools Network Connecticut State Director Jeremiah Grace said, “What Governor Dannel Malloy presented in his budget today represents an unprecedented move away from fairness and equity for public charter schools. This budget proposal will not cover grade growth which means schools that were promised the support they need in order to continue adding grades and meet the demands of families in their communities would be denied. Commitments to honor those promises were broken today.

“A per-pupil increase, while appreciated, does not begin to support the growing needs of our schools. It certainly does not honor the demands of families in cities like New Haven, Bridgeport, Stamford and Waterbury who wish to stay with their charter schools, and not be forced back into district schools they once fled.  

“Hundreds of kids in these cities have found solace in knowing that they would be able to grow with schools that they love. The Connecticut General Assembly must do right by these children and their families by rejecting any proposal that would take away their opportunity to grow with their schools.

“The Governor had the opportunity to once and for all present a plan that would include fair funding for all public school students -- but chose to present a plan that benefits some, but not all, public school students in our state. To provide true fairness, all students in all public schools - including schools of choice - must be included in any plan to fix our state’s broken funding formula.”

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.

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