As a member of the community and Executive Director of Highville Charter School, I am extremely unhappy with the budget adjustments proposed by Governor Lamont, who recommend a reduction of $674,000 from the charter post. At a time when our state is in excellent financial shape, it is disconcerting that the Lamont administration would suggest cutting funding for our schools, not increasing it. If passed, this proposal would harm public charter schools and the students they serve. So I am led to share an answer.
I was born and raised in New Haven, and am entering my 40th year of college. Working for the children of Elm City is a job of the heart; however, it is extremely discouraging to see the Governor sideline the needs of our students by proposing cuts to the charter post, especially considering that our state’s public charter schools remain the most underfunded by our state.