National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Issues a Statement on Senate Action to Eliminate Proposed Cuts to Education Funding

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For Immediate Release: Contact: Deborah Veney Robinson, 202.904.1719 Sarah Johnson, 202.210.6527

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools today released the following statement from its president and CEO, Peter Groff. This statement is in response to the July 22 vote in the U.S. Senate to proceed with cloture on HR 4899, the war supplemental that included $800 million dollars in education reform funding cuts, including a rescission of $100 million to the Charter Schools Programs:

“Fifty-one U.S. Senators -- Republicans, Democrats, and an Independent -- stood strong in the name of education reform and voted against accepting education reform cuts as a way to finance new domestic spending. Over the past few weeks, there has been considerable attention and focus on the $800 million in proposed education reform funding cuts. This courageous vote on behalf of Americas families and children should send a clear and powerful statement: Americans value education reform and Congress will not finance new domestic spending by cutting critical education reform investments. 

“The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is especially grateful for the stand the Obama Administration took, by issuing a veto threat in its Statement of Administration Policy on this legislation. The Alliance also applauds the Senators who stood strong in support of education reform, especially Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) who has been leading the efforts in the Senate to ensure no education reform funding was cut.”

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (http://www.publiccharters.org) is the national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement. The Alliance works to increase the number of high-performing charter schools available to all families, particularly low-income and minority families who currently do not have access to quality public schools. The Alliance provides assistance to state charter school associations and resource centers, develops and advocates for improved public policies, and serves as the united voice for this large and diverse movement. More than 1.6 million students attend nearly 5,000 charter schools in 40 states and the District of Columbia.