Washington D.C. - Sometimes you have to go to court to validate common sense. Charter schools everywhere are public schools, and always have been. Wherever public school students enroll, the public funding to support their education should follow them. The Louisiana Supreme Court’s ruling is great news for 16,000 students in 42 public charter schools that will continue to receive the state per-pupil funding they are due.
Around the country, there are states and communities where charter schools’ innovation, strong results, and popularity with families are threatening the status quo and rattling defenders of no-choice education. We hope that anyone who was hoping the Louisiana Supreme Court would rule against state per-pupil funding for charter schools will now re-consider how their time and resources could be better spent to make all public schools great. Those resources—like the funding that was contested in Louisiana—should go to schools and students.
About Public Charter Schools
Public charter schools are independent, public, and tuition-free schools that are given the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Since 2010, many research studies have found that students in charter schools do better in school than their traditional school peers. For example, one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that charter schools do a better job teaching low income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood.
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 www.publiccharters.org.
About the National Alliance Charter School Legal Action Fund (CSLAF)The National Alliance’s Charter School Legal Action Fund (CSLAF) invests in and assists high-impact charter school litigation across the country. CSLAF fights to protect and expand access to high-quality public charter schools for students, their families and their communities.