For Immediate Release: March 15, 2017
NEW YORK STATE CHARTER ASSOCIATION THANKS SENATE MAJORITY AND SENATE INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT IN BUDGET PROPOSALS; SAYS ASSEMBLY PROPOSAL WOULD DO IRREPARABLE DAMAGE TO CHARTER MOVEMENT STATEWIDE
Albany, NY – The Northeast Charter Schools Network today responded to the Senate and Assembly one-house budget proposals, thanking the Senate for its dedication to charter school children by investing in schools that are working.
The Senate’s charter funding proposal matches Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget Proposal to allow current law to stay in place, bringing charters back to the original funding formula. The Senate proposal also goes a step further and proposes additional funds to support services.
The Senate also matches the Governor’s proposal to increase rental assistance for eligible New York City charters, and the Senate takes their plans a step further by allowing Building Aid for the others. All schools outside of New York City, and many in New York City, are still denied public support for their facilities, so this is a step in the right direction.
The Senate IDC agrees with many of the proposals included in both the Governor’s and Senate Majority’s budget plans.
The Assembly’s proposal seeks to cut funding to charter schools, would make it more difficult for charters to secure co-locations, and decreases rental assistance.
The Assembly proposal again proposed massive revisions to the enrollment and retention policy that traditional district schools themselves would not be able to accomplish and includes penalties that would likely result in the closure of charter schools across the state. It also seeks to halt charter school growth.
Northeast Charter Schools Network New York State Director Andrea Rogers said, “Members of the New York State Senate – both the Senate Majority and the Independent Democratic Conference -- have once again shown their incredible commitment to charter school families. We are grateful for this bi-partisan coalition of Senators who understand the importance of investing in charter schools that are working and respecting the choices of the families that choose them.
“Charter schools get results and provide desperately needed choices for families who deserve quality schools.
“It is no real surprise to see the Assembly Majority proposing a package that would dismantle public charter schooling. It is, however, depressing to know the incredible damage that would be done to the more than 130,000 charter students statewide would impact many who live in these lawmakers’ own districts."
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is the membership and 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.
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