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The 13th annual Charter Center Advocacy Day took place on Feb. 7th and was co-hosted by the Northeast Charter Schools Network and the NYC Charter School Center. Over 1500 parents, students, and teachers were in attendance to fight for fair funding for public charter schools and an elimination of the cap on the number of charter schools allowed in NYC.
Supporters from across the state called on the state legislature to support Governor Cuomo’s charter budget proposals. They demanded the elimination of the arbitrary cap on charter schools in New York that currently leaves 44,400 students on waitlists in New York City alone. Additionally, charter school students continue to be shortchanged and denied fair funding. In some parts of the state, such as Buffalo, charter kids receive only 60 cents on the dollar compared to district school kids. The families are asking for funding equity and facilities funding for the schools that do not currently receive it.
After the morning program, charter parents made their case in nearly 90 meetings with legislators, emphasizing the importance of providing enough options in their communities to find a school that fits their child’s needs.
“Parents all over the state have spoken loud and clear: they want more options to find a great public school that meets their child’s needs,” said Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan. “The Senate embraces policies that ensure that quality charter schools are one of those options.”
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