The state’s Education Committee today approved a measure that strikes down a moratorium on charter school growth.
For Immediate Release: Friday, March 27, 2015
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CT CHARTER ASSOCIATION APPLAUDS EDUCATION COMMITTEE FOR VOTING DOWN CHARTER MORATORIUM
Hartford, CT – The state’s Education Committee today approved a measure that strikes down a moratorium on charter school growth. The vote came one week after over twenty charter parents, students, school leaders, and state and local advocates testified against the two-year moratorium on new schools.
Connecticut State Director for the Northeast Charter Schools Network Jeremiah Grace said:
“We commend State Legislators for making the right choice and leaving a moratorium out of this bill. We can improve accountability, transparency, and flexibility for charter schools while continuing to increase the number of educational options for children across the state.
“Connecticut parents are empowered by the ability to exercise school choice – a moratorium would’ve taken that right away. This is a victory for communities across the state and the over 3,600 Connecticut children waiting for access to a public charter school.
“The proposed changes to Connecticut’s charter law are a good start, but we still have work to do. We support the inclusion of strong accountability and transparency measures, but this bill leaves out national best practices that would provide charter schools with the flexibility and opportunities for growth they need to best serve their students.”
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional advocacy organization for the more than 250 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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