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It’s expected that more than 90 schools from nine different cities will be represented. Schools from Buffalo, Rochester, Albany, Syracuse, Utica, Mount Vernon, Hempstead, and Troy will be represented in addition to those from New York City.
Northeast Charter Schools Network President Bill Phillips issued the following statement regarding the rally:
“Charter supporters are coming from across the state to ask Albany for just one thing: fairness.”
“Children attending charter schools receive only a fraction of what their friends who attend district schools receive, and their schools get no funding for their facilities. That’s an inequity, it’s wrong and it should be fixed.”
“This inequality transcends city boundaries. We stand with charter families in New York City facing educational homelessness, but the rollback of co-locations in the city is a symptom of a larger, statewide problem: charters are not fairly funded.”
“We also support those fighting to expand access to universal preschool, and believe charters should be included in a statewide solution. We will need all hands on deck in order to deliver high quality preschool programs in every city, and charters can help.”
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network:
The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional advocacy organization for the more than 200 charter schools in New York and Connecticut. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools in the region.