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National Alliance Statement on House Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C.—The House Labor-HHS Appropriations bill includes a $28 million increase for the Charter Schools Program (CSP). National Alliance President and CEO Nina Rees released the following statement in response to the subcommittee action:

“Last night, the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee demonstrated support for public charter schools by recommending a $28 million increase to the Charter Schools Program (CSP), for a total of $370 million in FY 2018. This crucial funding would allow more high-quality public charter schools to open, expand and replicate—giving more students access to the great public school options they need and deserve. We are grateful to Chairman Cole, who provided this increase even when faced with a tight allocation that was several billions of dollars below last year’s level.

“However, the allocation remains too low, and must be raised. Once again, we urge Congress—in the strongest possible terms—to lift the cap on non-defense discretionary spending. We continue to support the Administration’s proposed level of $500 million for CSP in FY 2018. With a higher budget cap, Congress can reach that goal and provide students with even more access to public charter schools and other critical programs. We look forward to continued progress as the House bill moves to full committee and the Senate takes up its appropriations work.”