As the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee considers funds for public education, the charter school advocacy group The Coalition For Every Child has released a new video featuring a city parent urging funding for the proposed Capital Prep Harbor charter school.
The Coalition For Every Child asserts 2,058 children would be denied the opportunity to receive charter access if funding is not provided. Charter schools are publicly funded but operate independently from traditional neighborhood public schools.
Charter opponents argue they siphon funds from needy traditional districts. Charter advocates contend the schools provide better choices for students and parents with higher graduation rates.
“There are more than 2000 kids just like Pernell,” said Kara Neidhardt, a spokesperson for the Coalition For Every Child. “All our legislators need to do is follow the governor’s lead and support great schools.”
In the video ad titled “Aisha,” a public school parent from Bridgeport makes an emotional pitch for her son, Pernell, to attend Capital Prep.
“Pernell is very outgoing. He’s very positive. He’s been working very hard. He’s a straight A student. Pernell is everything I always wanted to be and more. I really am looking forward to my son attending a good high school. If Pernell cannot attend Capital Prep, it would be devastating. Pernell would be another statistic here in Bridgeport.”
According to the Coalition For Every Child, more than 3,600 students are on waiting lists for charter schools in Connecticut with 40,000 students statewide who currently attend schools where the majority of students don’t read, write or do math on grade level.