Caution on Charter Schools

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\"teacherA 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.

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4 thoughts on “Caution on Charter Schools

  1. Richard

    Where’s that $300 million in ‘Race to the Top’ money? Has the AG sued the legislature for union collusion in tanking CT’s application for that money? Or is Dan Malloy creating more state positions for the likes of Sharon Palmer as thanks for opposing that $300 million in Federal dollars?

  2. Guess

    Now aday, the union teachers in the public school are very hard to trust. You watched the union protest all over the country are not there for the chidren. They are ther for themselves. It is very hard to get rid of those teachers who is not there for the interest of the students but for themselve. 15 – 20 years ago chidren seem to alot smarter then today’s chidren. Something has to be wrong in the school education.

  3. realsaramerica

    Perhaps it hasn’t occurred to you, Guess, but those union teachers are protesting because they are upset about the amount of time that is being taken away from teaching children and is instead spent on test prep and testing. That’s the reason that my daughter read and analyzed one third fewer books in 10th grade honors English than I did in the same class when I was in high school. Half of February and most of March is devoted to testing. In places like Bridgeport and Hartford, the amount of time devoted to testing vs actual learning is much higher. So go ahead and keep repeating the party line, but if you really care about educating children, perhaps you might want to look into this a bit more deeply.

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