CT Charter Schools Statement on Today's Budget Proposal

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This afternoon, Governor Dannel P. Malloy released his proposal to close the state budget deficit, which keeps public charter school funding flat.

For Immediate Release: February 3, 2016
Contact: Michael Shulansky, mshulansky@necharters.org, 860-922-4595

CT CHARTER SCHOOLS STATEMENT ON TODAY'S BUDGET PROPOSAL

Hartford, CT – This afternoon, Governor Dannel P. Malloy released his proposal to close the state budget deficit, which keeps public charter school funding flat.

In response, Jeremiah Grace, Connecticut state director for the Northeast Charter Schools Network (NECSN) said: 

"We applaud Governor Malloy's decision to keep public education, which includes public charter schools, a priority during a time of fiscal crisis. At a time when public schools across our state are already making difficult decisions about where their scarce dollars should go, further cuts would be a disservice to families and children who have consistently demanded access to more high quality educational options and won't see additional schools of choice through this proposed budget.

"Unfortunately, flat funding public charter schools means their students still receive nearly $4,000 less on average in public support than kids in traditional district schools. Connecticut's budget deficit doesn't outweigh our moral responsibility to treat all children fairly. State leaders must find a way to distribute what education funding we do have based on student need, rather than the type of public school, so that every Connecticut child receives equitable support for their public education." 

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 Connecticut and New York. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools.

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