State Republican leaders today released a proposal that would cut $12.9 million from public charter schools, slashing their per pupil funding from $11,000 to $9,625.
CT CHARTERS CONDEMN PROPOSED BUDGET CUTS
Hartford, CT – State Republican leaders today released a proposal that would cut $12.9 million from public charter schools, slashing their per pupil funding from $11,000 to $9,625.
Public charter school students already receive nearly $4,000 less per child in public operating support than their peers in traditional district schools. This cut would retroactively widen an already significant gap, placing schools and their students at significant risk.
In response, Jeremiah Grace, Connecticut state director for the Northeast Charter Schools Network made the following statement:
“This proposed cut is totally irresponsible. It would be devastating for the over 9,000 children who currently attend public charter schools and is a slap in the face to their parents and teachers.
“These cuts would deepen an already glaring inequity in charter funding, forcing mass layoffs and cuts to critical services, which would make offering a high-quality education nearly impossible.
“Rank and file Republicans know charters are working for kids and support our schools and our families. On average, public charter schools are outperforming their host-districts in Math and English, and charter waitlists have grown by over 2,000 students in the past year.
“The way out of the budget crisis is to prepare the state for a bright economic future by supporting the educational programs that are in-demand and are getting results.”
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is the membership and advocacy organization for the more than 250 public charter schools in Connecticut and New York. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools.
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