The State Board of Education today approved growth for 14 of Connecticut’s public charter schools, totaling 390 seats at a cost of $4.1 million to the state.
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Northeast Charter Schools Network Commends State for Approving Charter Growth
Hartford, CT – The State Board of Education today approved growth for 14 of Connecticut’s public charter schools, totaling 390 seats at a cost of $4.1 million to the state. This growth reflects demand: According to the State Department of Education, charter waiting lists grew last year by 60% to nearly 6,000 names long.
In response, Jeremiah Grace, Connecticut state director for the Northeast Charter Schools Network said:
“We applaud state leaders for recognizing the growing demand for public charter schools in cities and towns across Connecticut. The majority of charters outperform their host districts in both English and math – parents, especially those living in typically underserved communities, see that success and want their kids to have access to those educational opportunities. We’re glad to see the state answer the call and offer some of the thousands of children on charter waiting lists access to their preferred public school of choice.
“Still, public charter schools are unfairly funded and forced to do more with less; charter school children receive an average of nearly $4,000 less per year than students in traditional schools. A child’s learning needs do not change based on the type of public school they attend – there’s no excuse for education funding that is disconnected from that reality. Education stakeholders and elected leaders must come together to fix our broken school funding system and meet our moral obligation to fund all Connecticut students fairly.”
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is the membership and advocacy organization for the more than 250 public charter schools in Connecticut and New York. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools.
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