Albany, NY – The Northeast Charter Schools Network today sent the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s 2018-19 Executive Budget Proposal. This year, the Governor’s starting point in negotiations leaves the funding formula instituted last year in place, better defines rental costs for those getting facilities assistance, and proposes special aid grants for NYC charters only.
Northeast Charter Schools Network New York State Director Andrea Rogers said, “The Governor is standing by the new charter funding formula adopted last session, which offers some predictability but needs strengthening. While charter operators recognize the need for fiscal restraint in light of the budget deficit, the formula ensures charter schools cannot achieve parity with districts, and this problem should be addressed. As a result, charter schools still face major hurdles in achieving funding equity.
“The proposal also offers an improvement to the groundbreaking rental assistance policy for new and growing New York City charters; we applaud this step but would like to see the policy extended to all charter schools currently left out.