Connecticut Set to Boost Charter Funds

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Connecticut would pump more money into charter schools and increase their numbers under a legislative proposal Gov. Dannel Malloy plans to unveil.

Mr. Malloy's plan would hike funding for alternative schools such as charters by $21.6 million and bring per-pupil government funding for their students closer to that of traditional public schools, said people familiar with the governor's thinking. The number of state charter schools would go up to 22 from 17.

And, for the first time since the state's charter-school law was passed in 1996, Mr. Malloy's plan would provide incentives for local school districts to launch charter schools of their own.

By raw numbers, Mr. Malloy's proposal doesn't measure up to charter-school initiatives in other states. California, by contrast, has nearly 1,000 charter schools, while neighboring New York has about 175.

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