National Alliance Issues Statement on Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Funding Bill

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Washington, D.C. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools President and CEO Nina Rees released the following statement today in response to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies bill that includes a nearly eight percent funding increase for the Charter Schools Program for FY 2016:

"We applaud Chairman Roy Blunt for his commitment to public charter schools and the families they serve. Public charter schools are providing remarkable opportunities for students across the nation. With more than one million student names on charter school waiting lists, parent demand for more charter schools is at an all-time high. This increase will ensure that more families will have access to great public school options. The National Alliance is very grateful for this significant increase and the chairman's support."

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, all but one independent research study has 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 our website atwww.publiccharters.org.