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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Nashua Telegraph- "Charter schools cap could endanger federal aid"

Kevin Landrigan reports in the Nashua Telegraph that the Senate plan to cut aid to Charter Schools, and possibly kick kids out of school, could endanger New Hampshire's standing under the federal stimulus bill:

The state's stimulus czar warned state budget negotiators Tuesday that attempts to cap aid to charter schools endangers $160 million in federal education aid.

The $11.6 billion, two-year spending plan that cleared the state Senate last week would cap charter school aid enrollments at 850 students each year.

This proposal would cut House-approved spending by $6 million, over 2010 and 2011, to $9.9 million.

Office of the Stimulus Director Orville "Bud" Fitch said federal education regulations compel states to continue giving the same per-pupil support for charter school students, even if an expected rise in enrollment will increase spending levels.

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