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Proposal would charge suburban districts to send students to New Haven magnet schools

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More than 2,800 suburban students currently attend one of the Elm City's 18 magnet schools. (WFSB) More than 2,800 suburban students currently attend one of the Elm City's 18 magnet schools. (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Preparing for state budget cuts, New Haven's Public Schools are looking at ways to come up with money including to start charging suburban districts that send students to the Elm City.

Right now, this idea is just a proposal. But, the idea is the inter-district magnet tuition would bring in an extra $1.5 million.

"I've been doing a lot of applications,” New Haven resident Jaleen Aduma said.

Aduma said she's already looking into New Haven's magnet schools for her young son.

Right now, more than 2,800 suburban students currently attend one of the Elm City's 18 magnet schools. New Haven wants them to start paying for it, not their families, but rather the school districts in which they live in.

"Even if it’s the town paying, it will reflect back on us,” Aduma said.

New Haven said the tuition proposal is intended to share the cost of educating those students in the Elm City.

During this upcoming year, suburban districts would pay $750 for each student attending a New Haven magnet school in grades kindergarten through 12. Next year, it would go up to $1,500 and then climb to $2,250 for each year after that.

New Haven Public Schools released a statement.  

"Even at full phase in, this is well below the current rates of tuition in the region and across the state, below the education cost sharing resources from the state, and far below the cost of educating these students in New Haven,” the statement read.

"I just don't see it being plausible for people,” Gerry Connelly, of Hamden, said. “Our mill rate just went up in Hamden, so I don't think people would be receptive to that."

New Haven said it’s important to note, families won't be charged, rather it will be the districts that they live in. But ,neighboring West Haven said that's doesn't make it any easier. Its superintendent released a statement on Friday.  

"At this point, there is no funding set aside in next year's budget to account for the tuition, and we know our finances could not absorb such an extraordinary cost, as we have over 1,000 students who attend New Haven Magnet Schools,” the statement read.

"I think every kid should have an opportunity to go to whatever school their parent thinks fits their need,” Aduma said. “Right now it’s a good system."
New Haven's Board of Education will meet Monday night to go over the proposed school budget.

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