While Riccards said some of ConnCAN’s donors are affiliated with some of the nonprofit charter schools in Connecticut, he adamantly denied his organization advocates in their favor.
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said.
Well, how about this – it sure looks like advocating in favor of charter schools to me:
ConnCAN statement on Governor Malloy’s school choice proposal
Important steps toward fair funding, but more work remains to achieve true equity for all public school students
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — February 6, 2012
Jessica Bloom, ConnCAN
Governor Malloy today unveiled a bold set of reforms to increase funding equity and school quality for students in Connecticut’s public schools of choice. These are important first steps, but additional actions will be needed to guarantee all students high-quality school options on a sustained basis.
Students in nontraditional public schools, including charter, magnet, and technical schools, are not included in the state’s Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula, which sends state funds to municipalities for school districts. While the funding increase to make expenditures at schools of choice more aligned with traditional school district expenditures is laudable, these changes do not address the fundamental issue of funding inequity: that public schools of choice are not included in ECS and their students are therefore at risk of being treated differently under challenging funding conditions.
“Students at our public schools of choice have been treated like second-class citizens for far too long, and these proposed reforms signify Governor Malloy’s position that all public school students should have access to the excellent educational options they deserve,” said Patrick Riccards, ConnCAN’s CEO. “Nevertheless, true funding equity will not be achieved until all students are accounted for based on their learning needs, rather than the kind of school they attend, in the state’s school funding system. Our state’s leaders must go farther and fold all public school students into the school funding system to ensure that these students aren’t dropped once again in some future change to the system.
“Requiring that municipalities contribute to their students’ education at charter schools is an important first step in the right direction. Connecticut’s adults must demonstrate that we are making a commitment to educating all of OUR students, not Bridgeport’s students vs. Avon’s students vs. Jumoke Academy’s students. Until then, our state will not be able to deliver on the promise of great schools for all.
“These are all our students, and we all have an interest in and an obligation to fund their education equitably no matter where they come from or what public school they go to.”