For Immediate Release: March 13, 2014
Contact: Bob Bellafiore, 518-928-8471, email@example.com
SENATE BUDGET IS STEP FORWARD FOR TREATING CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENTS FAIRLY
Bipartisan plan ensures equal access to facilities, allows charters to provide pre-K and begins closing student funding gap
Albany, NY – The state Senate’s budget proposal constitutes “the biggest leap forward for charter school student equality we’ve ever seen,” Northeast Charter Schools Network President Bill Phillips said.
“We applaud the bipartisan leadership of Senator Skelos and Senator Klein for standing up for all children, including children who attend charter public schools. With the strong support of Governor Cuomo, we look forward to a final state budget that ensures educational opportunity and hope for all children,” Phillips said.
The bipartisan Senate budget bill remedies fundamental flaws in the charter school law that deny students equitable access to funding and facilities, and permit charters to join the statewide push to expand access to Universal Pre-K programs. Public charter school students in New York currently receive no per pupil facilities aid, cannot provide preschool programs, and on average receive about 75 cents on the dollar when compared to traditional school district spending.
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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