For Immediate Release: Jan. 29, 2014
Contact: Bob Bellafiore, 518-928-8471, email@example.com
Statement by Northeast Charter Schools Network President Bill Phillips on New U.S. Department of Education Rules for Its Charter Schools Program
Albany, NY – Today the U.S. Department of Education announced new rules for its Charter Schools Program (CSP) that will benefit many of New York's public charter schools by permitting enrollment preferences for “educationally disadvantaged” students (including special ed, ELL, and low-income students). Previously, New York charters risked losing federal funding if they used such preferences — even though state law explicitly permits the practice. In response, Northeast Charter Schools Network President Bill Phillips made the following statement:
“Today’s action makes it easier for many charters to serve even greater numbers of special ed, ELL and low-income students — something everyone agrees is important. We applaud the Department and Secretary Duncan for supporting charter schools that want to use enrollment preferences as part of a broader strategy to reach more of these high-need students.
“The opportunity for these children is great: high-need students in New York’s public charter schools outperform their peers in district schools in key demographics. Federal funds are a vital ingredient in growing the number of high-quality charter schools in the state, and now federal policy will help us extend that opportunity to even greater numbers of students in need.”
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 so that all students can receive a great public education.
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