Connecticut lawmakers passed a FY2017 budget tonight, ensuring that public charter schools have the funding they need to meet their pre-approved growth plans for next year.
CONNECTICUT CHARTER SCHOOLS STATEMENT ON THE 2017 BUDGET
Hartford, CT – Connecticut lawmakers passed a FY2017 budget tonight, ensuring that public charter schools have the funding they need to meet their pre-approved growth plans for next year.
In response, Jeremiah Grace, Connecticut state director for the Northeast Charter Schools Network said:
“We are thankful that public charter school students are ensured they will have a seat in their school next year and were spared devastating cuts. There are thousands of families across Connecticut who can now breathe a sigh of relief.
“But make no mistake: this budget does nothing to fix the structural inequality in Connecticut’s public school funding. Charters will face a second-straight year of flat per student funding, rising costs, and a glaring funding gap of nearly $4,000 compared to public operating funding for traditional district schools.
“Demand for charters has grown by 60% to nearly 6,000 names in the past year, but we cannot meet that demand without equitable funding for our students.
“In a state that funds public education far more than the national average, we are failing to fulfill our moral obligation to treat all children fairly – that must change.”
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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