After more than 1700 emails and phone calls from charter school supporters, the Governor's office is recommending only half of the $5 million previously slated for budget cuts stay in the budget as Charter School Capital Construction money. A total of $10 million was to have gone out to charter schools by now, but with the state's budget deficit, these capital construction dollars have been on the chopping block.
This pool of funds, which was originally created with Amendment 23 funds, has a base amount of $5 million. After wiping out the fund to the base just two years ago, last year the General Assembly voted to add an additional $5 million for distribution. The 2008-09 money hasn't been distributed yet, although all the paperwork has been completed and the money is ready.