Northeast Charter Schools Network Connecticut State Director Jeremiah Grace responded to the CEA's misleading remarks about charter schools.
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Charter Association Scolds CEA for Misleading Statements on Charter Funding
New Haven, CT – The Connecticut Education Association (CEA) today claimed in the Connecticut Post, “the opening of another new charter school in Bridgeport will divert millions from the school system. Stamford, [CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg] added, will have to divert nearly $700,000 in costs for the addition of one state charter school."
In response, Jeremiah Grace, Connecticut State Director for the Northeast Charter Schools Network, made the following statement:
"The CEA is very well-informed and should know better than to trot out these kinds of red herring arguments. School districts are already responsible for the cost of special education and transportation for all students that reside in the town, regardless of whether their parent chooses to enroll them in a district or charter school. Opening a new charter school does not increase those costs.
"Moreover, because the districts have been held harmless, when a child attends a charter the funding for that student actually remains with the district even though they no longer have to educate the student.
"We stand ready to work with everyone to fix the way we fund all public schools – including charters – so that every child is funded equitably. But the facts are the facts."
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional advocacy organization for the more than 250 charter schools in Connecticut and New York. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools in the region.
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