This afternoon, Connecticut's state legislature passed a bill to close the state budget deficit, including $2.3 million in cuts to public charter schools.
For Immediate Release: December 8, 2015
CT CHARTER SCHOOLS STATEMENT ON TODAY'S BUDGET CUTS
New Haven, CT – This afternoon, Connecticut's state legislature passed a bill to close the state budget deficit, including $2.3 million in cuts to public charter schools.
In response, Jeremiah Grace, Connecticut state director for the Northeast Charter Schools Network (NECSN) said:
"With a $350 million budget deficit, public charter schools recognize the need for shared sacrifice and are willing to do our part. Still, we are thankful these cuts will not result in a decrease to per-child support at our schools. That is the right decision, because on average, public charter schools in Connecticut already receive thousands of dollars less in funding for each student and many charters already take on more students than the state is willing to fund.
"We need to work toward a solution where all public school students are treated fairly. While we can't work toward funding equity during a budget mitigation session, we must keep the funding gap in mind -- students can't afford that gap to grow through budget cuts this fall."
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is the membership and advocacy organization for the more than 250 charter schools in New York and Connecticut. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools.
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