Charter Champions: 2015

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (CO)

While serving as the superintendent of Denver Public Schools, Michael Bennet made a bold push for education reform and innovation and strongly supported the growth of public charter schools. Since arriving in Congress, Sen. Bennet has continued to be a strong advocate for public charter schools, pressing for increased funding for the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) and introducing legislation to update and modernize the CSP.

U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA)

Rep. McMorris Rodgers is a vocal supporter of charter schools and their ability to provide a more personalized learning environment for children. She has been a leading advocate for increasing support for the federal Charter Schools Program to help launch new schools and give parents more choices when it comes to their children’s education.

Mayor Michael Hancock (Denver, CO)

Mayor Hancock has been a steadfast supporter of public school options for children, consistently advocating the benefits of charter schools for Denver families. He is also using his growing profile outside Colorado to encourage mayors in other large cities to embrace charter schools as a way to improve public education for all families.

Alabama Leaders

In March 2015, Alabama enacted a public charter school law, joining 42 states and D.C. to allow public charter schools. The law closely adhered to the National Alliance’s Model Public Charter School Law and will create an environment of choice and accountability that will benefit Alabama’s children. The National Alliance honors two Alabama state legislative leaders whose commitment to ensure that all families have high-quality educational options made this victory possible:

State Senator Del Marsh, President Pro Tem

State Representative Terri Collins, Chair, House Education Policy Committee

Oklahoma Leaders

In April 2015, Oklahoma passed Senate Bill 782, which allows public charter schools to open throughout the state and strengthens accountability for charter schools and their authorizers. Previously, public charter schools were only able to operate in about 4 percent of the state’s school districts, leaving many children with no public school options. The National Alliance recognizes three Oklahoma leaders for their efforts year in and year out to improve public charter schools and expand educational opportunity to more families:

Governor Mary Fallin
State Senator Clark Jolley
State Representative Lee Denney, Speaker pro tempore