The Northeast Charter Schools Network issued the following comment to Governor Malloy’s proposed FY2016-2017 budget, announced today.
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
CT Charter Association on Proposed Budget and Charter Law Updates
Hartford, CT – The Northeast Charter Schools Network issued the following comment to Governor Malloy’s proposed FY2016-2017 budget, announced today. The budget provides funding for new charter schools approved to open in fall 2015, more seats for existing charter schools, and funds to support future charter school growth.
Legislative leadership also introduced Governor's Bill No. 943, An Act Concerning Charter School Modernization and Reform.
In response to the budget, Northeast Charter Schools Network Connecticut State Director Jeremiah Grace said:
“Today’s budget proposal gives current charter school families peace of mind by following through on promised growth. By delivering funding for the two new charter schools approved last spring, Stamford Charter School for Excellence and Capital Prep Harbor, the Governor has secured desperately needed options for children.
“We applaud the Governor for his leadership on more school options for Connecticut families, but we need to do more. Education is the most important investment we can make in our future; with thousands of kids on waiting lists we must make charter growth more of a priority.
“That means not only expanding access to school options, but also funding all public school students fairly. The Governor’s proposal flat funded what charters receive per-child, so public charter school students will continue to receive significantly less support than students in local district schools.
“Every parent should be able to choose the school that best suits their child, and we’re still a long way from making that a reality.”
In response to the Charter School Modernization and Reform bill, Jeremiah Grace said:
“Connecticut’s charter school law is 20 years old, and needs to be updated. We support an aggressive package of improvements that ensure Connecticut’s charter law provides improved transparency and accountability while also protecting and expanding the flexibility schools need to thrive.
“We look forward to working with state leaders during this process so we can deliver results that are in the best interest of Connecticut’s children and families.”
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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