(Long Island, NY) The Northeast Charter Schools Network today thanked New York lawmakers for a legislative session that included both new funding and increased flexibility for the state’s charter schools.
The end-of-session agreement includes a provision that gives charters one year to apply to another authorizing entity for their oversight and accountability, effective immediately.
This new policy change follows a successful state budget agreement in which charter schools statewide received a $54 million increase in funding in the face of ruthless attacks from charter opponents.
Northeast Charter Schools Network NY State Director Andrea Rogers said, “From the victories in the state budget, to the end-of-session policy change, charter schools across the state are winners this year. Charter schools statewide received a desperately needed funding increase because leaders agreed that they should invest in schools that are working in every region.
“Flexibility is in the DNA of charter schools. The end-of-session legislation that allows the transfer of authorizer oversight is an example of this being worked into state policy.
“We still need to fix the fundamental inequalities faced by children in public charter schools who aren’t receiving state funding for their facilities. But thanks to the work of Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Flanagan, and Assembly Speaker Heastie, New York’s charter schools can continue to grow and provide a great education in communities where there is an urgent need for options.”
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.