For Immediate Release: November 16, 2017
State Charter Association Responds to Board of Regents Anti-Charter Actions
Albany, NY - As you may have read, this week the Board of Regents took an unprecedented action against charter school growth. For the first time, the Board denied two charter applications the professional staff at SED recommended for approval. The recommendations followed a vetting process that resulted in approvals for five other schools located in New York City.
NECSN New York State Director Andrea Rogers responded
"The Board of Regents all but hung a sign on the doors of the State Ed Building: charter school proposals in smaller districts and rural districts are not welcome. Both the Truxton and Mount Vernon teams denied today should consider engaging SUNY -- we know they'll get a fairer review that way. In fact, we are ready to suggest all charter applicants think twice before seeking an authorizer relationship with this Board. These were high-quality proposals. Ultimately, the Board aligned with the status-quo rather than families who want and deserve a chance at a better education.
“We applaud the SED staff for putting these recommendations on the table, but it wasn't enough to overcome a Board whose politics do not naturally align with good chartering policy and practice."
NECSN also offers congratulations to the five charters approved this week.
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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