STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR MALLOY'S MODIFIED BUDGET PROPOSAL BY JEREMIAH GRACE, CONNECTICUT STATE DIRECTOR FOR NORTHEAST CHARTER SCHOOLS NETWORK
For Immediate Release: Feb. 6, 2014
Contact: Bob Bellafiore, 518-928-8471, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hartford, CT - Today, Connecticut Governor Malloy gave his annual state of the state address and proposed a modified budget that maintains the state's strong investments in education reform and public schools of choice—including public charter schools. The budget would maintain funding increases for public charter school students (who would still receive far less funding that traditional public schools) and funding for new state and local charter schools in the lowest performing school districts. Governor Malloy also proposed an expansion of the state’s preschool program and a new round of funding to improve school security in public schools across the state--including charters.
NECSN Connecticut State Director, Jeremiah Grace, made the following statement:
"We applaud Governor Malloy for keeping up the momentum and recommitting his support for public charter school students," Grace said. "This proposal is especially important to families from low-income, communities of color in dire need of better public school options. We look forward to working with the General Assembly to make this a reality."
"Connecticut families are already starting to see the fruits of the Governor's policies with the first charter schools in five years opening their doors and many other groups lining up to apply for new schools. The state must keep up this pace if we want to give more Connecticut kids the opportunity to attend a great public school and a chance at a better life."
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network.
The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional advocacy organization for the more than 200 charter schools in Connecticut and New York. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools in the region.