Bill will help schools offset the costs of transporting low-income students
Raleigh, N.C. – Marcus Brandon, executive director of NorthCarolinaCAN: The North Carolina Campaign For Achievement now, today issued the following statement in support of the proposed Charter School Transportation Grant Program:
“This transportation grant is about equity of access and opportunity. We know that even excellent schools don’t work if our students can’t get there. Low-income students attend public charter schools at a 20-percent lower rate than traditional public schools, and lack of access to transportation is a major reason for this disparity.
“Whenever two schools receive the same amount of resources but one serves a greater number of low-income students, there’s a problem of access because the needs in one are greater than another. It’s incumbent upon the state to recognize these differences and make policies to level them. That’s why I applaud the sponsors for their vision to help more North Carolina children have access to an excellent school. NorthCarolinaCAN looks forward to working with these legislators to turn this vision into reality.”
For more information or interviews with Marcus Brandon, contact Alec Macaulay at 919-907-0917.
NorthCarolinaCAN: Launched in 2012, NorthCarolinaCAN: The North Carolina Campaign for Achievement Now, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit education reform advocacy organization building a movement of North Carolinians with the political will to enact smart public policies so that every North Carolina child has access to a great public school.