The Northeast Charter Schools Network today responded to the Senate and Assembly budget proposals released over the weekend, thanking the Senate for its ongoing commitment to charter school children by investing in schools that are working.
For Immediate Release: Monday, March 14, 2016
Contact: Jessica Mokhiber, (518) 573-0516, firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW YORK CHARTER SCHOOL ASSOCIATION THANKS SENATE FOR UNWAVERING SUPPORT IN BUDGET PROPOSAL; SAYS ASSEMBLY PROPOSAL WOULD STRANGLE CHARTER MOVEMENT
Albany, NY – The Northeast Charter Schools Network today responded to the Senate and Assembly budget proposals released over the weekend, thanking the Senate for its ongoing commitment to charter school children by investing in schools that are working.
The Senate’s proposal includes an additional $27.4 million on top of the $27.4 million proposed in Governor Cuomo’s budget. This funding would be available after April 1, 2017 and would be spread evenly to all charter school students in the state. This is in addition to other pro-charter policies included in the budget proposal.
The Assembly has proposed revisions to the enrollment and retention policy that many traditional district schools themselves have not been able to meet and includes penalties that would likely result in the closure of charter schools across the state.
Northeast Charter Schools Network Interim NYS Director Andrea Rogers said, “Charter families have been taking action and Albany is listening. Once again, the Senate has shown unwavering commitment to the more than 120,000 students in New York charter schools.
“Charters are not new, are not untested, and are not unproven. Their record of success, particularly with high-need students, cannot be ignored unless one chooses to ignore the facts.
“The Assembly Majority’s one-house budget ignores the facts in favor of a scheme that would strangle charters and take away good schools from the very New Yorkers they claim to defend. It has a simple goal: to make charters meet enrollment policies no district school could live with and then deny them funding and renewals when they fail to comply. It’s a double-standard aimed at killing off charters.”
The Northeast Charter Schools Network has been holding “Day of Action” events with charter schools across the state calling for fair funding from Albany. Currently on average, charter school children are funded at only 75 cents on the dollar compared to district school children. The disparity is even worse in other parts of the state. Buffalo charter children only receive 3/5 of the funding that district students receive. In Rochester charters and at many NYC charter schools, students only see 68 cents on the dollar compared to other public school children. For more on the funding disparity: http://www.necharters.org/new_york_charter_school_funding_inequality
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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