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Local Charter School Upset with Governor's Budget

Charter School for Applied Technologies
Charter School for Applied Technologies

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – A local charter school is crying foul over the Governor's spending deal. The Charter School for Applied Technologies says this budget would be "unfair" to all charter schools.

School superintendent Efrain Martinez says under this deal, charter school funding would be frozen next year. But Martinez says school districts have managed to gain an increase, while charter schools loose out.

"The districts are going to get not cut, but the are going to get big increases. And yet we will be losing, in our case, $1.5 million or more which makes no sense," said Martinez.

Charter schools receive two-thirds of what a school district spends. Martinez says the shortfall could force possible layoffs and cuts in student services at his school. He is urging staff, parents and corporate partners to contact the Governor and senate majority leader to stop freezing aid to charter schools.