Albany, NY – Across the state, charter school children receive less funding for their education than children in district schools, resulting in a gap of thousands less per child per year. Because charter schools receive less in public funding than other public schools, it forces them to make difficult choices on how to spend their scarce dollars – and because many charter schools don’t receive facilities funding, they also pay for their own buildings, which puts them at a significant financial disadvantage.
As the holidays approach, some of New York’s charter students and teachers are putting together their wish lists, comprised of items they wish their school could provide if they had equitable funding.
Some of the common requests were for science labs, after-school programs, more computers and technology, summer school, safe playgrounds and improvements to their buildings, more teachers and even more social workers.
Northeast Charter Schools Network New York State Director Claudia P. Granados said, “Seeing these wish lists is a reminder that we need to do better. It’s my hope and wish for the holidays that lawmakers in Albany hear what these kids and their teachers are asking for, and consider this inequity during the 2016 budget process — and work toward a more equitable solution for all of New York State’s public school children.”
In New York City, charter school children receive about 68 cents on the dollar compared to district children. In Albany, it’s 76 cents on the dollar. In Buffalo, it’s even worse – only 60 cents on the dollar compared to kids in traditional district schools.
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About the Northeast Charter Schools Network
The Northeast Charter Schools Network is the membership and advocacy organization for the more than 250 charter schools in New York and Connecticut. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools.
Photo: Henry Johnson Charter School student, Albany, NY.
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