To the Editor: Our Department of Education has done an amazing job to secure a federal grant of $46 million over five years — almost double the next largest state award. This grant is designed to spur education innovation and opportunities for all students, but particularly under-served students through expansion of charter schools and sharing best practices with traditional public schools.
The grant required approval by the joint legislative Fiscal Committee since it was not included in the recent compromise budget as the grant award notification was not received before budget passage. Recently the Department of Education presented the grant to the committee seeking approval for the first phase of the grant — $10 million over the next two years.
Rather than praising the work of the department and the opportunities for children, the Democrat majority on the committee further revealed the Democrat political agenda. The committee voted to “table” the grant acceptance in a strict party-line vote, which puts the entire grant in jeopardy. This is not just an isolated vote, but the latest in a series of actions going back years and part of the national Democrat political agenda.
What next for the charter school grant? The fiscal committee meets again on Dec. 13. Will they vote to take it “off the table” so that the committee can act on the grant acceptance? Contact your state representative and ask if they support acceptance of the grant — or if they oppose education freedom.
Rep. GLENN CORDELLI