For Immediate Release: June 06, 2013
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Northeast Charter Schools Network Praises General Assembly for Keeping Promises to Connecticut Public School Children
Hartford, Connecticut – Last night, the Connecticut General Assembly passed Connecticut’s biennial state budget, which will fund education reform efforts for the next two years. The budget maintains key measures outlined in Gov. Malloy’s original proposal – including fairer per-pupil funding for public charter school students ($10.5K/pupil in FY14 and $11K/pupil in FY15) and money for more new charter schools (four new state charters and four new local charters). NECSN Connecticut State Director, Jeremiah Grace, made the following statement:
“We are grateful that the General Assembly has demonstrated their seriousness about improving Connecticut’s public education system. Their efforts will go a long way towards creating a fairer playing field for all public school children, including charter students. The per-pupil funding increases they’ve granted will help close Connecticut’s worst-in-the-nation achievement gap, and the money for more charters will act as a lifeline for the 65,000 Connecticut kids still stuck in failing public schools.
“Our state still has a long way to go to ensure that every child receives a high-quality education, regardless of race, wealth or zip code, but this budget is a major step in the right direction. We would like to praise the General Assembly for their steadfast efforts towards education reform, and look forward to continuing our efforts in improving the educational experience for all of Connecticut’s children.”
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network
The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional advocacy organization advocating 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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