More than 2,000 Charter School Parents Unite in Albany to Advocate for Fairness

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More than 2,000 charter school parents from across New York State came together today for the largest Charter School Advocacy Day in the event’s 11 year history. Parents, teachers and advocates came from all regions of the state – New York City, Long Island, Western and Central New York, and the Capital Region.
 
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For Immediate Release
February 3, 2015
 
MORE THAN 2,000 CHARTER SCHOOL PARENTS UNITE IN ALBANY TO ADVOCATE FOR FAIRNESS
Lieutenant Governor Hochul, Leaders Skelos & Klein, Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Join Rally
 
(Albany, NY) – More than 2,000 charter school parents from across New York State came together today for the largest Charter School Advocacy Day in the event’s 11 year history. Parents, teachers and advocates came from all regions of the state – New York City, Long Island, Western and Central New York, and the Capital Region. Families and educators had the chance to meet with lawmakers and voice their support for funding equity, facilities funding for all charter schools, and Governor Cuomo’s proposal to lift the charter school cap.
 
The New York City Charter School Center and the Northeast Charter Schools Network hosted Charter School Advocacy Day, which included an 11th anniversary rally and visits to legislators’ offices. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and State Senate Majority Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein were among the elected officials who met with families and showed their support.
"Governor Cuomo has made it a top priority to advocate for students and take the steps to ensure every child here in New York receives a world-class education, said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "We are determined to give our young people a bright future and remain committed to making that happen."
 
"Ensuring New York State remains a leader in providing a top-rate education for our students is a cornerstone of my 2015 policy agenda, Invest New York. Charter schools play a critical role in preparing our students for a 21st century world and provide a strong educational experience for countless New York parents and children. These schools are filled with innovative learning ideas that empower kids and create new opportunities for them,” said Senator Jeffrey Klein.“School choice gives us the opportunity to change the way we approach education, to think outside the box – and that benefits us all – students, parents and educators alike.”
 
“This year’s charter school advocacy day proves once again that charter schools have the support to flourish because parents want them, and Governor Cuomo and key Albany leaders refuse to stand in the way of student achievement, said James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center. “Today, thousands of empowered New York parents spoke with one voice to demand more and better options for their kids and it’s clear that the legislature is listening.”
 
“We are thrilled to see families from across the state come together with one voice,” said Kyle Rosenkrans, CEO of the Northeast Charter Schools Network. “There is a lot of work to do to level the playing field for all charter schools which includes achieving funding equity, facilities funding for all our schools, and lifting the cap. We are confident that state lawmakers heard the strong message of the families and educators who were here today.”
 
The New York City Charter School Center is an independent non-profit committed to fostering an environment in which public charters can open and flourish, and, through their innovative approaches, provide models for improving all public schools. The Charter Center helps new charter schools get started, supports existing schools, and engages the charter school community around key issues. Learn more about the NYC Charter School Center at www.nyccharterschools.org.
 
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional 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 in the region. www.necharters.org
 
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