Testimony of Caprice Young: Legislative Hearing on Quality Charter Schools and H.R. 4330, the All-STAR Act

Caprice Young

On February 24, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools board chairman, Caprice Young, testified before the House Committee on Education and Labor at a hearing on quality charter schools and the All Students Achieving through Reform (All-STAR) Act, H.R. 4330. The All-STAR Act supports the replication and expansion of high quality charter schools as a critical component of improving public education in America, and is one of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ top federal legislative priorities. The hearing was the first on any Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) re-authorization proposals by the 111th Congress, signaling strong bi-partisan support for high- quality public charter schools. It is also the second Education and Labor hearing on public charter schools by this Congress, and shows the Committee’s commitment and emphasis on developing the best policies to support quality charter school growth. Young previously served as Vice President, Business Development and Alliances with Knowledge Universe (KU). Prior to joining KU in September 2008, she was President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association. Under Caprice’s 5-year leadership, the number of charter California schools grew by more than 300 and student enrollment grew by more than 100,000. From 1999-2003, Caprice also served as a member and president of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. Her career has included leadership roles in business, higher education and government. The All Students Achieving through Reform (All-STAR) Act, H.R. 4330, led by Rep. Jared Polis (D-2nd Colo.), expands our nation’s commitment to successful and innovative education programs closing the achievement gaps plaguing America’s public schools. The bill creates a new competitive grant program focused on replicating and expanding the most successful charter schools, particularly in areas with large numbers of schools failing to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). As important, the program will increase the level of accountability for all parties involved in the chartering process, recognizing that increased investments and expectations require increased levels of accountability. Click the icon below to download a copy of Young’s testimony.