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National Alliance Praises Committee Approval of Federal Charter Schools Bill

H.R. 10 will help provide more opportunities for the growth of high-quality charter schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved H.R. 10, the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act. The bill passed out of committee with bipartisan support by a vote of 36 to 3. “We are pleased the committee has approved this important legislation and we are grateful for their continued support of charter schools,” said Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. “For more than 20 years, public charter schools have shown us that students can succeed, no matter their background. This bill is critical to expanding the opportunities charter schools offer to a greater number of students and families.” H.R. 10, as passed by the committee, will:
  • Give priority in the state grant competition to states that do not limit the growth of charter schools;
  •  Formally create a federal grant program to support the replication and expansion of high-quality charter schools;
  • Clarify and codify the Department of Education’s recent guidance to allow charter schools to use “weighted lotteries” to give a preference to disadvantaged children in admission lotteries;
  • Make state charter support organizations eligible to receive and disburse grants to fund the start-up and expansion of high-quality charter schools;
  • Allow students to remain within an existing family of charter schools as students move from elementary to middle to high school without having to reapply through a lottery;
  • Strengthen state application requirements to ensure that start-up funds are awarded only to charter schools with fundamental autonomy over budget, operations, and personnel; and
  • Provide increased flexibility for schools using start-up grants.
The National Alliance is working closely with members of Congress and their staff to make the bill as strong as possible. A letter of support to the bill sponsors, Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Senior Democratic Member George Miller (D-CA), highlights both the strengths of the bill and additional areas for improvement. “We urge the House of Representatives to bring the bill to the floor for a vote as soon as possible,” Rees continued. “With nearly one million student names on waiting lists nationwide, there has never been a more urgent need for Congress to support the start-up and expansion of high-quality charter schools.” To view bill information and an archived webcast from today’s markup, click here. About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter sector. For more information, please visit our website at www.publiccharters.org.