The Northeast Charter Schools Network today dismissed a NYSUT press release that claims charter schools are holding too much of their annual budgets in reserve.
For Immediate Release: Monday, February 2, 2015
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Albany, NY – The Northeast Charter Schools Network today dismissed a NYSUT press release that claims charter schools are holding too much of their annual budgets in reserve.
The Northeast Charter Schools Network CEO Kyle Rosenkrans responded, saying, "This is further evidence of either plain ignorance or outright deceit by those who cannot accept giving parents a choice of schools. In 2013-14, the state spent $1.2 billion on building aid in districts that have charter schools, yet public charter school children don’t see a penny of it. Last year’s budget only helped schools that are co-located in public space. Fully half the charter schools in our state still receive no funds for facilities. NYSUT and its allies are well aware of this inequity in the law, yet they choose to ignore it in putting out this trash research.
“The truth is that many charters must set aside precious operating dollars for potential facilities projects or just for emergency repairs. That is money unavailable for education because the schools are denied access to facilities funding available to every other public school. Not only is that unfair, it is discriminatory."
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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