Charter Association Supports "Education Equality Day"; Calls for Funding Equality for All Charter School Students, from New York to Buffalo

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The Northeast Charter Schools Network (NECSN) today joined New York City parents calling for funding equality for their charter school students, and reminds state lawmakers this is a problem that that hurts all 120,000 charter school children statewide.

For Immediate Release: January 20, 2016
Contact: Jessica Mokhiber, (518) 573-0516, jmokhiber@necharters.org 

STATE CHARTER ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS “EDUCATION EQUALITY DAY”; CALLS FOR FUNDING EQUALITY FOR ALL CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENTS, FROM NEW YORK CITY TO BUFFALO

Albany, NY – The Northeast Charter Schools Network (NECSN) today joined New York City parents calling for funding equality for their charter school students, and reminds state lawmakers this is a problem that that hurts all 120,000 charter school children statewide – from New York City to Buffalo, where the funding disparity is the most severe.

Northeast Charter Schools Network Western New York Advocacy Manager Duncan Kirkwood said:

“Every student from Buffalo to the Bronx to Long Island deserves funding equity. We stand in solidarity with the New York City parents who are seeking equality for their kids and are glad to see them in Albany today. Lawmakers should know this egregious funding inequity hurts charter children across the state. In fact, the inequity is even worse in Buffalo, where children in charter public schools receive only three-fifths of what children in city schools receive. In Rochester, students in charter public schools receive only 68 cents on the dollar.

“Not only is 60 cents or 68 cents unfair, we believe it’s unconstitutional, which is why we support parents in the Brown v. New York lawsuit suing to have this inequity resolved for all charter kids in the state. And that’s why charter parents from upstate and downstate will be at the Capitol on February 2 fighting for charter students statewide who have been treated as second-class citizens for far too long.”  

The Northeast Charter Schools Network and the NYC Charter School Center will be meeting with lawmakers and lobbying for funding equity and facilities funding for all charter schools at their 12th annual Advocacy Day on February 2 in Albany. 

Duncan Kirkwood joined NECSN recently as Western New York Advocacy Manager. Born and raised in Buffalo, Mr. Kirkwood returns to his hometown to work with schools, parents, families, community leaders and elected officials in both Buffalo and Rochester.

About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is the membership and 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. 

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