Statement by Northeast Charter Schools Network President, Bill Phillips, on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2014-15 Executive Budget Proposal
Albany, NY – Today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released his 2014-15 executive budget proposal, which includes charter public schools in a statewide push to expand universal preschool programs. In response, Northeast Charter Schools Network President Bill Phillips made the following statement:
“We will need all hands on deck if we want to offer high-quality preschool to all the kids that need it – and charters can help. We applaud the Governor's common sense approach to universal prekindergarten. New York is home to some of the nation's best charter schools and parent demand for these public schools of choice remains high.
“We also recognize that this is the first step in the process and that there are a number of education initiatives up for debate. We look forward to working with the legislature to make sure that charter schools continue to gain the same funding and program opportunities as all other public schools in the state.”
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network
The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional advocacy organization for the more than 200 charter schools in New York and Connecticut. Its mission is to support and expand high-quality charter schools in the region so that all students can receive a great public education.
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