The Northeast Charter Schools Network today sent the following statement in response to the recently released Democratic Appropriations budget proposal, which cuts public charter school funding by $1.2 million.
For Immediate Release: April 20, 2018
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Charter Association Says Democratic Appropriations 'Flip-Flop' Harms Charter School Kids
New Haven, CT – The Northeast Charter Schools Network today sent the following statement in response to the recently released Democratic Appropriations budget proposal, which cuts public charter school funding by $1.2 million. The proposal would cut the bipartisan approved budget, which included a much-needed increase to $11,250 per-pupil for charter schools, to $11,125. This follows four years of flat funding.
Northeast Charter Schools Network Connecticut Policy Manager Chris Pacileo said, "Democrats have proposed a measure that would slash critically-needed, bipartisan approved funding for our state’s public charter schools. This ‘flip-flop’ is not only unfair, it would also cause undue harm to schools that are proven to work for some of our state’s most vulnerable communities.
"Just days ago, Governor Dannel P. Malloy and other lawmakers joined us in Hartford for Charter Awareness Day, challenging legislators to protect charters and invest in what is working. Fortunately, the Republican budget proposal does protect public charter school children by maintaining the $11,250, and we are grateful for this support for public charter kids and families. We hope Democrats hear the calls of many of their constituents to protect the schools their children love."
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 charter schools.
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