Thousands of parents, students and teachers are expected to rally on the steps of the State Capitol today to urge state lawmakers to protect funding for charter schools in Connecticut.
The organization, Coalition for Every Child, is holding the "Save Our Schools" rally and fighting a proposal that would cut funding for two schools set to open in Bridgeport and Stamford and reduce funding to existing charters.
"Families want legislators to prioritize great schools because they know education is the great equalizer," Jeremiah Grace, Connecticut state director for the Northeast Charter Schools Network and a spokesman for the Coalition for Every Child, said in a news release. "The future of hundreds of Connecticut children hang in the balance; State leaders need to support public charter schools in the biennial budget."
Organizers of the event said that should the appropriations committee’s proposal go through, more than 860 students who would have gone to a charter school will be without a seat in one.
That rally begins on the steps of the State Capitol at 4 p.m.