National Alliance Responds to Georgia Federation of Teachers Presidents Disturbing, Offensive Comments about School Choice

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Washington, D.C. Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, released the following statement in response to Georgia Federation of Teachers President Verdalia Turner's comparison of school choice to murders, "That's like saying Chicago is the most murder friendly-city in the nation," as she commented on a report that showed Atlanta is a charter school friendly city in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"Parents want high-quality public school options for their children and have turned to charter public schools as the solution. Ms. Turners comments that compare school choice to murder are not only tone deaf but horribly disturbing and offensive. She owes charter school families and teachers an apology."

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