For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Contact: Jessica Mokhiber, (518) 573-0516, email@example.com
NECSN APPLAUDS CONNECTICUT STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION ON HISTORIC PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL ENROLLMENT EXPANSION
Hartford, CT—The Northeast Charter Schools Network commended the Connecticut State Board of Education for approving more than 1,000 additional opportunities for children to attend public charter schools. Connecticut is poised to see its overall public charter enrollment grow from 7,100 to 8,100 students next year, as a result of funding recently approved in the 2014-2015 state budget.
Northeast Charter Schools Connecticut State Director Jeremiah Grace said, “This is a remarkable moment for kids across Connecticut whose families can’t afford to live in a place with great public schools, and who deserve another choice. Today’s action by the State Board makes that dream a reality for 1,000 of the 4,200 names languishing on public charter school waitlists.”
“We applaud Governor Malloy and the Connecticut General Assembly for making the right investments into public school innovation during a difficult budget climate. They now have 1,000 children across the state to thank them for this wise choice.”
The enrollment expansion will allow New Beginnings Family Academy in Bridgeport to add a pre-kindergarten program for the first time. Park City Prep, also in Bridgeport, will add a fifth grade. Achievement First Hartford Academy, Achievement First Bridgeport, Jumoke Academy, and Highville Charter School will also add new grades.
The expansion also included 445 seats in three new state charter schools for next year—the largest group of new charters to open since 1998. Local charter school Elm City Montessori was also approved for 63 seats, with roughly 10 percent allocated for suburban students outside New Haven.
Facts about Connecticut charter schools:
- Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that admit students via a blind lottery. They accept all students regardless of their academic ability.
- They are managed by non-profits and subject to government oversight. Charter schools must perform to stay open.
- State charter schools do not take funding away from the local school district in any way, shape, or form. When a student attends a state charter school, the local school district actually keeps the state funding for that student, and the charter receives a separate grant from the state. C.G.S.A. § 10-66ee.
- Districts are eligible for reimbursement from the state for transportation and special education services provided to charter school students. C.G.S.A. § 10-66ee. This is not an additional cost to the district, as it would have the legal responsibility to provide those services to the student anyway.
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network
The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional advocacy organization for the more than 200 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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