CT Charters Urge Elected Officials to Protect Funding in Budget

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Public charter school advocates today testified in front of the State’s Appropriations Committee asking for lawmakers’ support of charter funding allocated in the proposed budget. 
 
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 
Contact: Michael Shulansky, 860-922-4595mshulansky@necharters.org
 
CT Charters Urge Elected Officials to Protect Funding in Budget
 
Hartford, CT – Public charter school advocates today testified in front of the State’s Appropriations Committee asking for lawmakers’ support of charter funding allocated in the proposed budget. 
 
The testimony of a number of charter school leaders can be found below.
 
The Northeast Charter Schools Network State Director Jeremiah Grace made the following statement:
 
“We understand that right now, investing in our public schools isn’t an easy thing to do.
 
“With that said, there are a number of misconceptions about what public charter schools would receive under the proposed budget. The fact is, all public schools are flat funded in this budget – that includes charters.
 
“Charter school students will not receive any per-pupil increase to their funding. Most of the money allocated to charters is for schools that are adding grades according to their charter and need funding to ensure their students can attend class in the fall. The rest is allocated for IOU’s the State Department of Education promised to our children when they approved schools in Bridgeport and Stamford last spring.
 
“We’re asking that state leaders follow through on commitments the state has already made to families and their children, and that they take a hard look at how charter students are funded compared to their peers. In tough times, public education is the best investment we can make in our future.”
 
Read Jeremiah Grace’s full testimony herehttp://bit.ly/1BRsDVX
 
Below are links to testimony from charter school leaders from across the state:
 
Barbara Ruggiero – Brass City Charter School, Waterbury: http://bit.ly/1NdrzOO
Charlene Reid – Stamford Charter School for Excellence, Stamford: http://bit.ly/1M3MjVT
Matt Nittoly – Side by Side Charter School, Norwalk: http://bit.ly/18iwdKH
Nikki Nash – Highville Charter School, Hamden: http://bit.ly/18KMcm7
 
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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