Education Cost Sharing (ECS) funds have been kept flat since Governor Malloy took office, causing most districts to now be severely underfunded. In fact, resources for traditional neighborhood schools increased by less than 8% since Fiscal Year 2009, while funding for schools operated by charter management organizations (CMOs) has grown by 124% during the same time period.
As AFT CT informed you earlier this week, state budget talks have become heated. The governor’s proposal includes $4.6 million for two new schools operated by CMOs. Legislative leaders’ alternative plan reallocates those resources instead to our underfunded traditional public schools.
Click here now to ask the governor to stop advocating for charters at the expense of traditional public schools. Tell him that preferential treatment for schools that serve only a fraction of students greatly undermines our state’s ability to provide an outstanding public education for all.