Charter Advocates Fight Back to Save Schools At Risk of Being Defunded

There are 250 students in Bridgeport that might lose their school to defunding.

That reality has prompted the Coalition for Every Child to launch an ad campaign against the $20.9 million in proposed cuts to funding originally earmarked for charter schools.

This campaign is part of a larger push to reverse cuts proposed by the state’s appropriations committee, which as reported earlier this week, advanced a budget plan that would eliminate funding for two new charter schools approved by the State Board of Education last spring and set to open this fall, as well as a number of seats at schools approved to expand existing grades.

The Coalition has also planned a rally to “Save Our Schools,” in Hartford on Thursday, May 7 at 4:30 PM.

According to a press release sent out by the group, “thousands of parents and students will descend” on the State Capitol’s north steps in an effort to save the more than 860 seats at risk of being defunded.

“We intend to send a powerful message to our elected leaders,” said Stacyann Reid, a Stamford parent who applied to Stamford Charter School for Excellence— which like Capital Prep Harbor School in Bridgeport is also at risk of losing funding.

“A child’s future cannot be determined by their zip code or their parent’s income.”

Hopefully, the state legislature hears the voices of these parents, because ensuring all Connecticut children have access to great education is too important to “put the brakes on.”



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