A legislative committee took a step back from charter school expansion Friday, scaling back Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plan for new charters while increasing the per-pupil allocation for existing schools. Malloy’s limited plan would have added four state-run charters and four local charters. The budget approved by the Democrat-controlled legislative committee would add four local charters over the next two years.
Bill Phillips, president of the Northeast Charter Schools Network, said:
Given the serious budget constraints our state is under, we are grateful the Appropriations Committee is attempting to keep one of the key promises made to our children in last year’s education reform law – to better fund the state’s charter schools. This increase continues the effort to create a fairer funding system for all public school students. However, we are disappointed to see that the Committee chose to ignore the more than 4,000 names on charter school wait lists, and numerous families who are demanding more state charter schools.