Elmira creates plan for a charter school

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March 14, 2014

A proposed charter school in Elmira is moving on to the next step of the application process.

The group that submitted the application had planned to apply a year ago, but held back their application after criticism from the city Board of Education.

Martina Baker is the chair of the Finn Academy’s board of trustees.

"We want our community to know that we heard you and we made numerous changes and enhancements and additions to our proposal. And we honestly could not be more excited about the proposal we submitted this morningl," says Baker.

If approved, the school would have 18 students per class, 36 full-time employees and a $3 million budget. It’s scheduled to open in the fall of 2015 and offer grades K thru 3 in the first year.

The issue of charter schools emerged recently after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reversed a decision to give three charter schools rent-free space in public school buildings.

On public radio’s “Capitol Pressrom”, Governor Andrew Cuomo told host Susan Arbetter that the final state budget will include protections for the independent schools.

"They feel they are in jeopardy and they believe they are in jeopardy. You know, the rules and the the law are quite complicated," says Cuomo. "If a charter school is not given a location, and is not given funding to find a location, then in essence the charter schools are out of business."

There was no mention of charter schools in Cuomo’s proposed budget, but he says they will be included in the Senate’s budget.