The Northeast Charter Schools Network today sent the following statement in response to the release of the 9th Annual Rankings of State Public Charter School Laws by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
For Immediate Release: January 29, 2018
Contact: Kerisha Harris, email@example.com, (203) 907-7238
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools today released its 9th Annual Rankings of State Public Charter School Laws. Connecticut’s ranking dropped from 33 to 37 out of 45 states and DC. Click here to view the report. While the Northeast Charter Schools Network is disappointed in the state’s consistently low rankings, it looks forward to working with the state’s stakeholders and lawmakers to ensure the state’s law promotes a quality movement and responds to parent demand.
Northeast Charter Schools Network Connecticut State Director Yam Menon said, "Despite the fact that public charter schools in Connecticut provide high quality educational opportunities and families are demanding them in unprecedented numbers, the latest rankings from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools show that our law continues to inhibit, rather than spur, these very opportunities. More than 20 years after the charter school law was passed in Connecticut, we still have a long way to go towards a stronger public charter school law that really best serves our kids.
"First and foremost, our laws must allow for charter school growth, as more than 7,000 names are on waiting lists for the state’s charter schools. Moreover, Connecticut has not seen a new public charter school open since 2014. The state has a chance to change that this year, as there are several quality applications from groups trying to open charter schools in communities demanding them.
"Furthermore, we must fund our public charter school students equitably and fairly. The way we fund all of our public school students is unfair and irrational. We look forward to working with lawmakers to ensure we can fund students’ public educations in a more equitable way going forward."
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.