Charter/Magnet School Proposal Could Cost City Schools A Million Dollars

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A proposal to expand Connecticut’s charter schools would cost some of the state’s most impoverished cities more than $1 million annually, a potential source of friction as lawmakers prepare to tackle education reform ideas.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy introduced proposals Monday to expand magnet and alternative schools, launch five new state charter schools and set aside $25 million to overhaul chronically low-performing schools.

One proposal would require districts to start pitching in $1,000 for each student who attends a charter school rather than their traditional public school– a cost that could become a sticking point for districts with tight budgets.

Malloy would not say Monday whether they might get other money to cover those losses, saying “things will become clear” as he rolls out details of his reform package.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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