Newly released state data shows charter school waitlists have swelled from just under 7,000 to more than 13,000 names since 2016.
For Immediate Release: April 26, 2018
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Charter Association Responds to Doubling of State’s Charter Waitlist
Newly released state data shows charter school waitlists have swelled from just under 7,000 to more than 13,000 names since 2016
New Haven, CT - The Northeast Charter Schools Network today responded to the recently released State Department of Education report, Biennial Report on Charter Schools, which indicates that demand for Connecticut’s public charter schools has more than doubled over the past two years.
Northeast Charter Schools Network Connecticut State Director Yam Menon said, "These latest numbers make it abundantly clear that families across our state are clamoring for the opportunity to choose a charter school. The number of names vying for a spot in one of the state’s 24 public schools has risen from nearly 7,000 in 2016 to more than 13,000 in 2018. These numbers are a testament to the type of educational excellence these schools are providing.
"More than 70 percent of students who attend Connecticut’s charters identify as low-income, while more than 80 percent identify as Black or Latino. Still, more than 80 percent of public charter school students in Connecticut outpace their district counterparts in English Language Arts and Math. And national studies indicate that kids attending charter schools receive the equivalent of 40 additional days of learning growth in Math, and 28 extra days in reading compared to their district peers.
"Even with this increasing demand coupled with undeniable results, Connecticut still has failed to approve any new charter schools in the last three years. More families across our state deserve the opportunity to send their children to these great public schools in our communities.
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is the membership and advocacy organization for the more than 300 charter schools in New York and Connecticut. Its mission is to support and expand high quality public charter schools.