For Immediate Release: May 8, 2014
Contact: Jessica Mokhiber, (518) 573-0516, firstname.lastname@example.org
CONNECTICUT BUDGET INCLUDES NEW FUNDING FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS AND ALLOWS CHARTERS ACCESS TO SCHOOL SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM FOR FIRST TIME
Hartford, CT – Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and legislative leaders completed the legislative session by enacting a budget for the next fiscal year that preserves the state’s strong investments in education reform and public schools of choice – including public charter schools.
The budget maintains funding increases of $500 per pupil for public charter school students. Funding for three new charter schools opening this fall is protected in this budget as well.
This budget also expands the School Security Grant Program by $10 million and, for the first time, public charter schools are eligible to compete for these grants.
Northeast Charter Schools Network Connecticut State Director, Jeremiah Grace, said:
"We applaud Governor Malloy’s leadership and legislature’s work in protecting the investments in charter school students. This is particularly important for the thousands of children and families on charter school waiting lists who are eager and hoping for better options. With the proven educational models just approved by the State Board of Education, this shows progress continues to come from Hartford.”
"Connecticut families are already enjoying the benefits of the strong education the new charter public schools are providing. With the first new charters in five years now open, the state must keep up this pace if we want to give more Connecticut kids the opportunity to attend a great public school and a chance at a better life."
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network.
The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional advocacy organization for the more than 200 charter schools in Connecticut and New York. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools in the region.
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