For Immediate Release: May 3, 2014
Contact: Jessica Mokhiber, (518) 573-0516, email@example.com
RADIO ADS SUPPORT BUFFALO’S PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS AND THEIR PARENTS
Albany, NY – The Northeast Charter Schools Network today announced a series of 30-second radio ads supporting Buffalo’s public charter schools, parents, and children. The ads will run for one week.
The campaign highlights the dilemmas these free public schools face:
- This week, the city’s charter schools have been viciously and attacked by the Buffalo Teachers Federation, which ignores data showing that Buffalo charters are outperforming the district schools.
- A nationwide study released earlier this week quantifies the funding inequity Buffalo charter students face, with Buffalo charter students receiving only 60 cents for every dollar compared to their friends who attend district schools.
- Despite intense discussion about saving charter schools, the newly-enacted state budget provides no relief to Buffalo charters – which lack any form of reliable facilities funding and received a net $1.4M cut to their per pupil funding.
Northeast Charter Schools Network President Bill Phillips said,
”It’s unconscionable that the Buffalo teachers’ union and other charter school naysayers are fixated on trapping parents and children in schools they do not want. Just as sadly, they show zero vision for improving one of the state’s worst public education systems.
“Charter schools can and must be part of a larger statewide solution to improving persistently failing schools in Buffalo and other districts.
“In the face of these attacks, we owe a debt of gratitude to every Buffalo charter school teacher, parent and student who are working together to change lives. We want them to know there are many who appreciate their work.”
Listen to the ads here:
TITLE: “Changing Lives”
Buffalo’s public charter schools are changing lives for thousands of kids that desperately need a chance.
The city’s charter students and their dedicated teachers are achieving great results, despite receiving 40 percent less funding than the district schools.
We applaud the hard work of Buffalo’s public charter school teachers, parents and students.
TITLE: “Every Child”
Hi. I’m Denise.
My daughter attends a public charter school here in Buffalo.
Every day she wakes up excited to go to school.
The teachers and principals make everyone feel like family.
I’m amazed at the things she’s learning.
The kids here are excelling despite getting 40 percent less funding than the district schools.
Every child deserves the same opportunity we have.
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.
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