New York’s charter school association today said that despite the state’s good national rankings for charter school laws, there is still a great deal of work to be done to bridge the funding inequity faced by charter school students.
For Immediate Release: Monday, March 16, 2015
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Charter association says New York’s charter laws still leave thousands of school children out in the cold
New York ranked 6th nationally but 50,000 charter school children still lack equal funding for school buildings
Albany, NY – New York’s charter school association today said that despite the state’s good national rankings for charter school laws, there is still a great deal of work to be done to bridge the funding inequity faced by charter school students.
The Center for Education Reform released its national rankings of state charter laws that places New York State at sixth in the nation, but noted several inequities in the way that the schools are funded, including the lack of facilities funding for all students. (Link to report: https://www.edreform.com/2015/03/charter-school-laws-across-the-states-2015-rankings-scorecard/)
The Northeast Charter Schools Network CEO Kyle Rosenkrans said:
"Today’s ranking is a stark reminder that the state's best-in-class charter laws still leave thousands of kids out in the cold without funding for school buildings. We applaud the Senate and its budget proposal for addressing this inequity by giving charter student equal access to the state building aid program and call on state leaders to fix the problem once and for all."
Last year’s state budget provided fixed an immediate problem in New York City, but left all of the charter schools outside the city and forty percent of those in the city without access to state building aid – that amounts to nearly 50,000 students in 127 schools left out.
This year’s Senate budget proposal would provide charter schools with equal access to state building aid program, an increase in per-pupil funding, and lifting of the charter cap.
Last year’s Senate budget resolution included a similar proposal but it did not make it into the final legislation. Here is a link to last year’s plea from charter schools in the Buffalo and Rochester area as they realized statewide facilities funding would be left out of the budget legislation:
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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