State Charter School Association says Governor’s Proposal Maintains Charter Funding Formula; Additional Aid Proposed Unfortunately Helps New York City Only, Leaves Out Rest of State
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.
“Finally, the Governor has proposed extra funding to only New York City charter schools. The upstate-downstate divide continues, leaving many charter schools in places like Buffalo and Rochester frustrated and waiting for their charter champions.”
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is the membership and advocacy organization for the more than 300 charter schools in New York and Connecticut. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools.
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