November 18, 2015 19:34 Age: 2 yrs

Open Letter: "Why Are We Worth Less?"

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In an open letter to the Connecticut General Assembly first read at the #FightForFairnessCT March in Bridgeport, AF Amistad High freshman Anthony asks for fair and equitable funding for the state's public charter school students. 

Dear Members of the Connecticut General Assembly,

My name is Anthony. I attend AF Amistad Academy High School in New Haven, Connecticut.

Every morning, I travel from my home in Bridgeport to New Haven to attend the second best high school in the state. I wake up at 5:25 a.m. to catch the bus to New Haven and don't get home until 7 p.m. I know it sounds like a long day, but honestly I am so lucky to have that opportunity.

I have to work so hard every day, really go above and beyond in order to achieve my dreams. I have a great support system at home: my Mom, Grandma, Grandpa, and my role model, Aunt Reba, all pitch in to help. But I’m not writing to tell you about myself, I’m writing to you today because my fellow scholars and I need your help.

Here in Connecticut, public charter school students like me are not valued equally. We are given almost thirty percent less funding every year by the state - just because we go to a charter school. I’d like to know - why are we worth less than other public school students?

Why should we settle for something less than what other kids across Connecticut get, just because of the type of school that we go to? That isn’t fair.

All public school students, no matter if they attend traditional public schools or public charter schools, should be supported equally. As Rita Pearson, a famous educator, once said: “every child deserves a champion, an adult who never gives up on them. . . who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be.”

So I ask all of you - will you be our champion? Will you fight to fund our schools fairly and give us the chance to be the best we can possibly be?

Please join us in fighting for me and my classmates so that our dreams can come true. We believe in ourselves and I hope you do too. We need your support!



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