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Charters Schools Letter to Schumer

Charters Schools Letter to Schumer

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July 7, 2010The Honorable Charles E. Schumer United States Senate313 Hart Senate Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20510Dear Senator Schumer,As leaders of New York City's public charter schools, we are deeply concerned by efforts in Congress toderail promising education reforms in order to fend off massive teacher layoffs this year. While we musthelp schools keep effective teachers in the classroom, the Obey Amendment passed by the House lastweek would slash President Obama's key education initiatives, including $100 million from thedevelopment of new charter schools.Thirteen Democratic senators have signed on to a letter to Appropriations Committee Chairman DanielInouye opposing these cuts. We urge you to sign this letter and stand with your colleagues in opposingwhat they call a “false choice between supporting teachers or supporting these critical reform efforts.”In New York City, there are more than 40,000 students on charter school waitlists. But the ObeyAmendment would slash by 40 percent the federal Charter School Program, which helps new schoolsstart up and hire teachers.Charter schools already operate at a funding disadvantage during ordinary times, and expect to see their  per-pupil funding frozen for a second straight year under the new State budget. This amendment would bea further blow to successful education reform, and help some public schools at the expense of others.The Obey Amendment would also cut $500 million in Race to the Top funds at a time when New York isin an excellent position to win those dollars for its ambitious agenda to improve all public schools. As youknow, our state is in no position to carry out unfunded programs.In these difficult times, we count on our leaders to set priorities that will put this country back on the righttrack. Keeping effective teachers in the classroom must be among those priorities. But so must thecreation of high-quality choices that will lift public education for generations to come. Sign the letter toChairman Inouye and send a strong message to your constituents that you oppose any efforts to pitschools and parents against each other.Sincerely,James MerrimanCEO, New York City Charter School Center Eva MoskowitzSuccess Charter Network 

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