This year's legislative session was a solid victory for thousands of Connecticut's public charter school students. In keeping with their promises in last year's education reform law, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the General Assembly committed to helping close the per-pupil funding gap that treats charter students like second-class citizens, and also secured funding for more charter schools.
Lawmakers also worked to strengthen district/charter relations by passing legislation that promotes cooperation. There's great potential here, as it's entirely voluntary and there are several ways districts and charters can creatively design mutually beneficial arrangements.
These efforts will help close our state's worst-in-the-nation achievement gap and act as a lifeline for the 65,000 kids still stuck in failing public schools. We have long way to go before every student has access to a good education, but the work done by Gov. Malloy and the legislature demonstrates their seriousness about making this happen.
On behalf of the public charter schools in Connecticut, I'd like to thank them for their commitment to education. We look forward to continuing to work together in bettering the lives of all of our children.
Jeremiah Grace, Hartford
The writer is Connecticut state director of the Northeast Charter Schools Network.
[This article originally appeared in The Hartford Courant]