Connecticut’s charter school association today condemned the Appropriations Committee budget proposal that cuts $20.9 million in commitments to public charter schools.
For Immediate Release: Monday, April 27, 2015
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CT Charter Association Slams Appropriations Budget
Hartford, CT – Connecticut’s charter school association today condemned the Appropriations Committee budget proposal that cuts $20.9 million in commitments to public charter schools. Those cuts, on plans approved by the State Board of Education, would jeopardize funding for seat growth in existing charter schools and funding for new schools in Bridgeport and Stamford.
In response, Connecticut State Director for the Northeast Charter Schools Network, Jeremiah Grace, said:
“The cuts in this budget proposal would directly hurt the thousands of children and families waiting for access to a great charter school. Without funding, those children will continue to languish on waiting lists. Existing charter schools have earned trust from families and communities, and deserve to be able to expand to serve more students.
“When the state reneges on commitments to public charter schools, children are the ones left behind. This budget ignores hundreds of parents in Bridgeport and Stamford who are expecting approved schools to open in the fall.
“We understand that lawmakers face tough choices this year. But charter schools are a smart investment for our state. They’re working for the children that need our help most.”
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional membership 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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