Contact: Jessica Mokhiber, (518) 573-0516, firstname.lastname@example.org
Albany, NY – As class was held outside today in New York City to symbolize half of the state’s charter schools who are still denied state aid for buildings and facilities, charter schools from Albany, Buffalo, Elmira, Greece, Ithaca, Hempstead, Mount Vernon, Riverhead, Rochester, and Troy joined the plea for help in next year’s state budget.
Classroom Without Walls demonstrated the egregious inequality half of the state’s charter schools face.
“As charter school educators, we know all too well what it means to be denied state facilities funding. Our students are being deprived of their fair share of public education dollars. And they are the only public students in the state who are penalized in this way.
“Educating our children becomes a struggle when precious few education dollars are diverted to pay rent, building maintenance, and energy costs. Our students are shortchanged thousands of dollars each year because of this inequality.
“We do more with less each and every day. But in order to help our students meet the challenges of the 21st century head-on, we need the funding that all of the other public schools in the state are afforded. We need to invest in our students’ future now.
“We stand in solidarity with the schools throughout the state facing these same struggles. We call on Governor Cuomo and the state legislature to rectify this inequity in the next state budget, if not sooner.”
Albany Community Charter School, Albany
Albany Leadership Charter High School for Girls, Albany
Amani Public Charter School, Mount Vernon
Brighter Choice Charter School for Girls, Albany
Brighter Choice Charter School for Boys, Albany
Brighter Choice Charter Middle School for Girls, Albany
Brighter Choice Charter Middle School for Boys, Albany
Discovery Charter School, Greece
Elmwood Village Charter School, Buffalo
Enterprise Charter School, Buffalo
Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School, Rochester
Evergreen Charter School, Hempstead
Finn Academy: An Elmira Charter School, Elmira
Green Tech High Charter School, Albany
Henry Johnson Charter School, Albany
King Center Charter School, Buffalo
New Roots Charter School, Ithaca
Riverhead Charter School, Riverhead
South Buffalo Charter School, Buffalo
Tapestry Charter School, Buffalo
Urban Choice Charter School, Rochester
True North Rochester Preparatory Charter School, Rochester
True North Rochester Preparatory Charter School West Campus, Rochester
True North Troy Preparatory Charter School, Troy
Vertus Charter School, Rochester
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.