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Students, Parents, Advocates Hype Cuomo Charter Proposals

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New York charter school advocates are emboldened by promises from Senate leadership and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to increase funding for charter schools across the state.

About 1,500 educators, parents, and students rallied Tuesday at the convention center in Albany to drum up support to increase facility funding and eliminate the cap on charter schools allowed in New York City.

New York has one charter cap for the state and one for New York City. The Democratic governor's proposal to eliminate the New York City cap would allow more schools to open in the city where more than 44,000 students remain on charter waitlists.

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan joined a handful of speakers in affirming Senate commitment to funding charter schools statewide.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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