The Appropriations Committee today proposed cutting $1.7 million from public charter school funding. Charter schools have already had their funding cut by $3.3 million for the current budget year through deficit mitigation efforts.
For Immediate Release: April 6, 2016
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CHARTER SCHOOL ASSOCIATION RESPONDS TO PROPOSED CUTS TO FUNDING
Hartford, CT – The Appropriations Committee today proposed cutting $1.7 million from public charter school funding. Charter schools have already had their funding cut by $3.3 million for the current budget year through deficit mitigation efforts.
In response, Jeremiah Grace, Connecticut state director for the Northeast Charter Schools Network made the following statement:
"This proposal will be the third round of budget cuts public charter schools have faced since December, all while staring at a second consecutive year of flat funding for their students. Charter students already receive nearly $4,000 less per student in public operating funding than their friends and neighbors in district schools, and deserve to be treated fairly.
“The state’s well-regarded charter school educators cannot continue to produce strong results and meet the demand of rapidly growing waitlists if the state doesn’t fix its broken system for funding all public schools—charter, district or otherwise. Even in a budget crisis, the fact remains that the state’s economic future will depend how well we prepare our children to succeed."
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is the membership and advocacy organization for the more than 250 public charter schools in Connecticut and New York. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools.
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