Fund­ing for Dan­bury char­ter school should be approved

The News-Times - - OPINION -

On Sun­day, April 28, I picked up my Sun­day pa­per to see an open let­ter pub­lished in The New­sTimes in sup­port of Dan­bury Prospect Char­ter School. Signed by a dozen no­table Dan­bury res­i­dents, the let­ter ex­plained why its au­thors think the state should fund the school in the up­com­ing bud­get cy­cle and out­lined the benefits it could bring to Dan­bury.

I, too, think the state of Con­necti­cut should fund the Dan­bury Prospect School in this bud­get ses­sion. As a 13-year res­i­dent of Dan­bury and par­ent of one schoolaged child, I have the right to de­cide where to send my child to school. I would have loved to have sent him to Dan­bury Prospect Char­ter School be­cause of its In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate (IB) pro­gram.

This In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate Di­ploma Pro­gram is a longestab­lished, glob­ally rec­og­nized pro­gram of study. The IB Di­ploma Pro­gram is a two-year, full-time, aca­dem­i­cally chal­leng­ing and bal­anced pro­gram of ed­u­ca­tion that prepares stu­dents aged 16 to 19 for suc­cess at a univer­sity and life. It has been de­signed to ad­dress the in­tel­lec­tual, so­cial, emo­tional and phys­i­cal well-be­ing of stu­dents. The pro­gram has gained recog­ni­tion and re­spect from the world’s lead­ing uni­ver­si­ties. The IB Di­ploma is just one ma­jor rea­son why the state should fund Dan­bury Prospect Char­ter School.

To me, what seems to be get­ting lost in all of the pub­lic de­bate about ed­u­ca­tion, and char­ter schools more specif­i­cally, are those who will ben­e­fit the most from a school like Dan­bury Prospect — our stu­dents! As the let­ter states, the fund­ing for the school will come from state, not lo­cal, dol­lars. That means it won’t take money away from Dan­bury district schools.

So what’s the prob­lem? Stu­dents stand to ben­e­fit from a great, free ed­u­ca­tion, and all Dan­bury leg­is­la­tors have to do is say “yes” to ed­u­ca­tional choice!

Rose Alonso Dan­bury

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