Conn. Charter School Proposal Gets Bipartisan Support

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Charter school advocates and lawmakers from both parties expressed support for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal to increase state funding for charter schools, part of $128 million in education reform spending.

If passed, the proposal would increase the state’s per-pupil funding for charter schools from $9,400 to $12,000 while increasing the contribution from local school districts to $1,000 per student for a total increase of $11.1 million.

About 6,000 students attend one of the state’s 17 charter schools. Many are minorities or are from low-income families. The governor has also proposed opening five more charter schools in urban areas around the state.

Charter schools consistently lead the state in performance among low-income groups.

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