On Wednesday, Feb. 7, Governor Ned Lamont released budget adjustments for fiscal year 2025 that appear to maintain much-needed funding increases for all public charter school students, bringing them incrementally closer to funding parity with their peers in other public schools. Unfortunately, the governor’s budget does not fund the approved charter schools in Danbury and Middletown and features adjustments that walk back progress made in funding all public schools students based on their learning needs.
The promise made 8 months ago to accelerate funding of K-12 students was a collective recognition of the financial realities public schools face and the need in our communities. Removing this funding from the budget is a step backward from our collective goal of ensuring equitable educational opportunities for all students. These funds are a necessity, not a luxury.
We are disappointed to see that it does not include funding for two new and approved public charter schools, Danbury Charter School and Capital Prep Middletown. Despite both schools following every step of the approval process and earning overwhelming community support, they have yet to receive funding from the General Assembly, leaving hundreds of families waiting for high quality educational options.
We will continue to review the document in detail. We know that true progress is only possible when everyone is along for the ride. We look forward to working with the administration, legislators, families, advocates and partners to make sure our kids and our schools have everything they need to thrive.