Washington D.C.- We welcome the news that the Administration has included an increase for the Charter Schools Program (CSP) as part of its updated FY‘18 budget request. The new request, if enacted, would increase total CSP FY‘18 funding to $600 million. This is a clear acknowledgement by the Administration of the success of the program and the need for additional funding to support the continued growth of public charter schools. It is also an important acknowledgment that family demand for charter schools still outstrips supply, and that the federal government has a vital role to play in ensuring that more families have more high-quality public school options. We commend the Administration for this and urge Congress, as it sets FY‘18 appropriations levels, to follow the Administration’s lead—and the demands of millions of parents—and fund the CSP at $600 million in FY‘18.