Selected readings on US charter schools
For too long, thousands of Connecticut’s children suffered from low performing schools.
Thankfully, the legislature and governor last year went a long way toward fixing the problem by passing an education reform law (Public Act 12-116) that helps ensure every child has a good public school they can go to – whether it’s a charter school, magnet school or a district school.
Last year’s education reform law is good because it allows for more high-performing charter schools and starts to treat charter students more like their district school friends when it comes to funding.
When they passed the education reform law, lawmakers basically promised our children that every one of them will have a chance to go to a good school no matter where they live or how much money their family has.
But then in December, state legislators turned around and cut education funding by $11.4 million. Nearly half of this came from programs started just last year in the education reform law. That included $2 million that was set aside for charter school students, or about $300 per child.
It’s wrong for lawmakers to break a promise, especially a promise made to the children of our state.
Fortunately, in his biennial budget proposal, Governor Dannel P. Malloy protected the promises made to our students with last year’s education reform law by restoring most of the funds to charter school students.
As a way to increase awareness about high-performing charters, ConnCAN has put together a list of quick facts about our state’s charter public schools, including:
Now lawmakers are putting together the new state budget. We know times are tough but we’re telling them it would be wrong to dial back steps they took just last year that would provide great teachers, principals and public schools for all of our children.
Lawmakers have a responsibility to keep these promises to our children and our future.
Source: Great Schools for All (blog) – by Jennifer Alexander (Acting CEO, ConnCAN)