Washington, D.C. – The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools president and CEO Nina Rees today released the following statement in response to the filing of a federal lawsuit challenging Connecticut laws and policies that significantly inhibit students and parents from accessing good public school options:
“We support the brave step taken yesterday by students and parents in Connecticut, with the support of Students Matter. Their filing of a federal lawsuit that challenges the overly restrictive magnet school, charter public school, and open-choice enrollment policies in the state is rightly focused on creating more great public schools for the students who need them the most.
“As an example of these overly restrictive policies, Connecticut’s charter public school law is ranked #31 out of 43, according to the National Alliance’s report Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Charter School Laws. The law’s arbitrary caps on charter school growth, major limitations on a charter public school’s flexibility to innovate, and unstable and unreliable funding mechanism create significant roadblocks to creating more high-quality public schools for the state’s families, at a time when 6,000 student names are on charter school wait lists.