Washington, D.C. Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, released a statement today as the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
"The National Alliance applauds the overwhelming bipartisan vote in support of the Every Student Succeeds Act. We commend Chairman Kline and Ranking Member Scott for their strong leadership in steering this bill through conference.
"This vote brings us one step closer to an improved law, and we encourage the Senate to pass this important legislation and send to President Obama for his signature."
About Charter Schools
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 movement. For more information, please visit www.publiccharters.org.