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More school aid, charters in budgetDespite historic funding increase, one ‘nonstarter’ for lawmaker

"The Asian Wave Alliance, the Chinese American Citizens Alliance Greater New York and the New York City Residents Alliance responded in support of the budget.

The groups said in a joint statement that the lawmakers’ rebuke fails to consider the needs of Asian-American families. Attempts to get rid of gifted and talented and screened programs and implementing lottery-style admissions has left “families who value merit-based options with chance.”

The number of Asian students attending charter schools has jumped 54 percent in the past five years, said Yiatin Chu, president of the AWA.

The groups’ support of charters comes from them often outperforming public schools in state test scores, with less funding per student, and gives families expanded options without “introducing new costs.”

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