Statement https://www.publiccharters.org/ en National Alliance Statement on New Education Secretary Nominee Cardona https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/22/national-alliance-statement-new-education-secretary-nominee-cardona <span>National Alliance Statement on New Education Secretary Nominee Cardona</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">kim</span></span> <span>Tue, 12/22/2020 - 15:51</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/statement" hreflang="en">Statement</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-12-22T12:00:00Z">December 22, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, issued the following statement in response to the nomination of Miguel Cardona as Secretary of Education:</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools congratulates Miguel Cardona on his historic nomination for U.S. Secretary of Education, serving under President-elect Joe Biden. As the new Secretary of Education, he will assume office at one of the most turbulent times in recent history. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>While our nation continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, both K-12 and postsecondary education systems are grappling with issues such as the safe reopening of schools, looming budget shortfalls, learning loss, crippling student debt and boiling racial tensions. At this time especially, we need a Secretary of Education who will unify the country and model collaborative leadership.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>In his most recent role as Connecticut’s Commissioner of Education, Cardona showed a commitment to equity, accountability, and high standards. We are hopeful he will continue to embrace these ideals as Secretary. Further, we call upon him to place students and families first and to be agnostic about PreK-12 instructional delivery and governance models, so long as they are effective and meet the needs of all students. The Secretary must be committed to supporting the entire public-school ecosystem</span></span></span><em><span><span><span>—</span></span></span></em><span><span><span>both district and charter.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Parents want more and better options, and they need a Secretary of Education who will fight for them. A record number of parents enrolled their students in charter schools this year; it would be devastating to move us backward by harming their educational options. These innovative public schools particularly appeal to parents who are concerned about whether their children’s needs will be met during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>We look forward to working with Secretary Cardona and his team to ensure the voices of parents are heard, and every student has access to a high-quality public education. Black and Latino parents overwhelmingly support charter schools, and we expect Cardona’s commitment to educational equity will include protecting their ability to access these schools. Charter schools are an important part of the public education ecosystem, serving nearly 3.3 million students. Further, nearly five million more students would attend a charter school if one were available to them. Charter schools offer a combination of flexibility, tailored instruction, social-emotional support, and rigorous coursework that make our overall public education system stronger.”</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/us-department-education" hreflang="en">U.S. Department of Education</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 22 Dec 2020 20:51:06 +0000 kim 24679 at https://www.publiccharters.org National Alliance Statement on COVID Aid Package and Federal Appropriations https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/22/national-alliance-statement-covid-aid-package-and-federal-appropriations <span>National Alliance Statement on COVID Aid Package and Federal Appropriations</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/reed" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Reed</span></span> <span>Mon, 12/21/2020 - 14:50</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/statement" hreflang="en">Statement</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-12-22T12:00:00Z">December 22, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>Washington, D.C. - </strong><span><span><span>The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools issued the statement below in response to the Consolidated Appropriations Act:</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“This is an important week for our nation. We thank Congress and the Administration for working together to produce a relief package that, while far from perfect, will bring desperately needed aid to Americans who are suffering the devastating health and financial impact of the coronavirus. We further acknowledge their important action in fully funding the U.S. government to undertake the critical work we have before us. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Notably, we are pleased to see funding for the Charter Schools Program (CSP) was sustained at $440 million in fiscal year 2021. These innovative public schools currently serve 3.3 million students across the country, and at least five million more students would attend one if it were available. The CSP is the only federal source of funding to support the growth and replication of charter schools.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>‘During the pandemic, charter schools saw significant enrollment spikes across the country. COVID-related school closures forced many parents to explore different educational options for their students, and charter schools emerged as a great public education choice that offered flexibility, adaptability and high-quality instruction for students.  CSP funding will help meet the even greater demand for these innovative public schools,’ said Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The COVID emergency funding package provides $54.3 billion in relief for elementary and secondary education, plus an additional $4.1 billion in discretionary funding through the Governors Emergency Education Relief Fund. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>‘We are grateful that state education agencies and governors have access to additional resources to address the unique needs of the students in their states and to ensure equitable access for all. We urge state and local education officials to remember that Congress intended for them to use their discretion in allocating resources to better serve communities with the greatest needs. They must ensure all public schools—including charter schools—receive equitable funding under this aid package,’ added Rees.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The National Alliance is pleased to see other key provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 that will help schools, students, and working families. Additional funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will be a lifeline to many families with a child under age six whose local school or covered daycare reduced hours or has been closed. In addition, school food authorities and covered daycare centers will be partially (55%) reimbursed for costs incurred during sudden COVID-19 emergency school closures in Spring 2020. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Charter schools may also be able to take advantage of the five-year extension of the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program, which can help reduce the of financing charter school facilities. Under COVID relief funding, the NMTC was extended to include a $25 billion allocation for the next five years—the largest allocation ever.”</span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/charter-schools-program" hreflang="en">Charter Schools Program</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/congress" hreflang="en">Congress</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/federal-appropriations" hreflang="en">federal appropriations</a></div> </div> </div> Mon, 21 Dec 2020 19:50:07 +0000 Reed 24677 at https://www.publiccharters.org Coalition of Education and Advocacy Organizations Release Statement on Secretary of Education in the Biden Administration https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/11/30/coalition-education-and-advocacy-organizations-release-statement-secretary <span>Coalition of Education and Advocacy Organizations Release Statement on Secretary of Education in the Biden Administration</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/reed" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Reed</span></span> <span>Mon, 11/30/2020 - 10:09</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/statement" hreflang="en">Statement</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-11-30T12:00:00Z">November 30, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>During this time of immense change and uncertainty for our nation, the newly elected Biden Administration faces many important decisions. Given the significant disruption to education in America this year due to the pandemic, and the likely long-term consequences, the appointment of the Secretary of Education is one of the most consequential cabinet posts.</p> <p>Many individuals and organizations are offering suggestions and opining on the relative merit of potential candidates. Some of these candidates have strong ties to special interest groups, rather than the individuals and families who will rely on them to put their interests first. </p> <p>We find it most productive to focus on a set of characteristics and basic qualifications that a new Secretary of Education must possess. As the president-elect has aptly noted, our nation is divided. To move beyond that division<strong>, the Secretary of Education must be someone who deeply values unity and collaboration, is willing to rise above partisan bickering, and will be agnostic about instructional delivery and governance models, so long as they are effective and meet the needs of all students.</strong> <strong>The Secretary must be committed to supporting the entire public-school ecosystem – both district and charter</strong>. </p> <p>We will gauge the relative fitness of potential nominees against this set of criteria:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Placing students and families first:</strong> The Secretary of Education should first and foremost serve the needs of the young people and adult learners who attend schools, and the parents who send their children to schools. This must supersede all other adult interests.</li> <li><strong>Supporting high-quality schools:</strong> We must be a nation of high-quality schools, both K-12 and postsecondary. The Secretary of Education must be committed to ensuring students are well served, and to expanding public school opportunities for all. This requires students to be assessed and schools to be held accountable when they are not providing a high-quality education. This includes support for charter schools that have proven to deliver results for students and families across the country.</li> <li><strong>Empowering diverse leaders and teachers: </strong>Educators deserve respect and support. The Secretary of Education must be a champion for teachers and leaders, committed to elevating the profession. The Secretary must also have a demonstrated commitment to supporting and promoting the empowerment of Black, Brown and indigenous education leaders. Leaders and teachers must be empowered with the flexibility and resources to meet the needs of their specific students.</li> <li><strong>Re-imagining learning:</strong> The Secretary of Education must move beyond the status quo and support and seek new ideas, new models and opportunities that benefit learners. American students deserve the best educational options available, with an emphasis on evidence-based outcomes.</li> <li><strong>Fighting for equity in education: </strong>As a nation, we must be relentless about ensuring all students, particularly those who have been historically marginalized – like Black, Brown, and indigenous students, and those from low-income families – achieve academic success, and have access to a high-quality public school. Educational outcomes, and ultimately life outcomes, must no longer be determined by zip code, and the Secretary of Education must have a demonstrated commitment to racial equity in education.</li> <li><strong>Experience in K-12 education, preferably at a systems level:</strong> Serving the needs of a diverse group of students and families represented within a system of multiple schools requires a balanced perspective and the ability to support the academic as well as social and emotional wellbeing of students. The Secretary of Education must also have a track record of being responsive to all students, especially those impacted by trauma.</li> <li><strong>Commitment to supporting the entire public-school ecosystem – both district and charter: </strong>All charter schools are public schools, and the Secretary of Education must acknowledge this fact. The Secretary must have a commitment to treating all public schools fairly with respect to funding, facilities and support. Seventy percent of charter school students are Black and Brown; to deny resources to their schools is a racial equity issue.</li> </ol> <p>We urge the newly elected Biden Administration to strongly consider these recommendations when putting forth a nomination for Secretary of Education.<br /> <br /> <span><span><span>Alliance for Excellence in Education          Memphis Lift        </span><br /> Center for Advancing Opportunity <span>            National Alliance for Public Charter Schools<br /> Charter School Growth Fund                      National Charter Collaborative   <br /> Diverse Charter Schools Coalition             National Parents Union           <br /> Freedom Coalition for Charter Schools     Progressive Policy Institute<br /> KIPP Foundation                                                                                 </span></span></span>                                               </p></div> Mon, 30 Nov 2020 15:09:09 +0000 Reed 24572 at https://www.publiccharters.org $10 Million Increase to Federal Charter Schools Program Proposed https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/11/12/10-million-increase-federal-charter-schools-program-proposed <span>$10 Million Increase to Federal Charter Schools Program Proposed</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/reed" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Reed</span></span> <span>Fri, 11/13/2020 - 11:14</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/statement" hreflang="en">Statement</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-11-12T12:00:00Z">November 12, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>WASHINGTON, D.C.</strong> <strong>—</strong> Today, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools applauds the Labor Health and Human Services, Education Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for its leadership. The $10 million proposed increase to the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) sends a strong signal about the importance of this funding stream, which is the nation’s only source of dedicated federal funding for the creation and replication of public charter schools. Since its inception in 1995, the CSP has supported the growth and replication of these innovative public schools that provide a high-quality education to students in nearly every state.  </p> <p>“The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is deeply grateful to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Labor HHS Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO), for their continued commitment to ensuring more students have access to charter schools. Chairman Blunt’s strong advocacy for high-quality public schools is reflected in this proposal, which recognizes the need to continue opening and expanding charter schools, especially given the high-quality public school options parents are desperately seeking in light of COVID-19.  </p> <p>According to the U.S. Department of Education, data shows that between school years 2006-07 and 2016-17, the CSP funded nearly 45% of operational charter schools serving 1.3 million students. The CSP is a federal program that nearly five million families are counting on to seed new charter schools for their children to attend. We thank Senate leadership for recognizing the value of the program and the innovative public schools it provides to students. </p> <p>Charter schools are more likely than district-run schools to be located in urban areas. Sixty percent of students in CSP grantee charter schools are from low-income backgrounds and 64% are Black or Hispanic.” </p></div> Fri, 13 Nov 2020 16:14:02 +0000 Reed 24477 at https://www.publiccharters.org Rees Congratulates Newly Elected State Officials, Sees Opportunities for Charter Schools https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/11/06/rees-congratulates-newly-elected-state-officials-sees-opportunities-charter <span>Rees Congratulates Newly Elected State Officials, Sees Opportunities for Charter Schools</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/reed" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Reed</span></span> <span>Fri, 11/06/2020 - 09:39</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/statement" hreflang="en">Statement</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-11-06T12:00:00Z">November 6, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>WASHINGTON, D.C. –</strong> Today the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools President and CEO Nina Rees released the following statement on the results of the 2020 elections:</p> <p>“We congratulate the newly elected and re-elected officials from states across the country, and we are thrilled to see several charter school supporters among the ranks. This election has been characterized as the most consequential in our lifetimes, and it is notable that voters in state and local elections overwhelmingly chose candidates – both incumbents and challengers – who support charter schools.</p> <p>We look forward to working with the new and returning governors, especially those in Montana, North Dakota and Vermont – three of the five remaining states without a charter school law – as well as those in Indiana, New Hampshire and Utah. As all governors and state legislators begin to set priorities for the 2021 sessions, we hope they unveil student-centered education agendas. The pandemic has forced millions of families across America to seek alternatives to what district schools are offering. Families need governors, state legislators, state education chiefs, and school board members to expand access to public school options. Charter schools, which are public, tuition-free schools, should be one of those options.</p> <p>We also look forward to working with our allies in Congress, including newly elected Senator Hickenlooper (D-CO) who is a strong charter school supporter. We are proud to count him among the Congressional leaders committed to ensuring these innovative public schools have the resources that they need to keep students learning during the pandemic and beyond.</p> <p>Today more than five million students await a chance to attend a charter school. Until every student has access to a high-quality education, our work is far from done.”</p></div> Fri, 06 Nov 2020 14:39:04 +0000 Reed 24446 at https://www.publiccharters.org National Alliance Statement on 2020 Election Results https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/11/04/national-alliance-statement-2020-election-results <span>National Alliance Statement on 2020 Election Results</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/reed" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Reed</span></span> <span>Wed, 11/04/2020 - 09:07</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/statement" hreflang="en">Statement</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-11-04T12:00:00Z">November 4, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released the following statement on the 2020 election results:</p> <p><span><span><span>While the results of the 2020 Election are still unknown, one thing is clear: Americans turned out to vote in record numbers. And many of them cared a great deal about education. In fact, according to polling this fall by Morning Consult, American voters ranked education as their fourth most important issue. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>We also know that a record number of parents voted with their feet and enrolled their students in charter schools this year. These innovative public schools especially appealed to parents who were concerned about whether their children’s needs would be met during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the nation, we saw significant enrollment spikes in charter schools because they offer a combination of flexibility, tailored instruction, social-emotional support, and rigorous coursework.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>As the results continue to roll in over the next few days and weeks, we look forward to working with elected officials at the federal, state and local level to ensure the voices of parents are heard. We will continue to advocate for excellent public charter schools because families and students clearly want more and better public education options. Charter schools are an important part of the public education ecosystem, serving nearly 3.3 million students. Further, nearly five million more students would attend a charter school if one were available to them.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Elected officials would do well to heed the wishes of their constituents. Parents are right to demand the best public-school options for their children.</span></span></span></p></div> Wed, 04 Nov 2020 14:07:31 +0000 Reed 24440 at https://www.publiccharters.org Education Leaders Send a Message to the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force: Stop Picking on Charter Schools https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/07/27/education-leaders-send-message-biden-sanders-unity-task-force-stop-picking <span>Education Leaders Send a Message to the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force: Stop Picking on Charter Schools</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/reed" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Reed</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/27/2020 - 15:56</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/statement" hreflang="en">Statement</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-07-27T12:00:00Z">July 27, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Dozens of leaders representing a diverse group of civil rights and K-12 public education advocates recently voiced their concerns that the platform drafting committee of Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force is snubbing charter schools and proposing policies that will harm these innovative public schools. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“It’s as if the platform drafting committee</span></span></span><span><span> </span></span><span><span><span>doesn’t know that all charter schools are public schools, and therefore deserving of equal support,” said Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. “Charter schools serve even higher proportions of Black and Latino students and students from low-income families than their district school counterparts. And they do it very well. It’s baffling that the Democratic party would do anything to harm these schools, which are an important part of America’s K-12 public education ecosystem.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>More than 50 Charter Management Organizations released a<a> </a></span></span></span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/sites/default/files/documents/2020-07/CMO%20Letter%20to%20DNC%20Platform%20Committee%202020.pdf"><span><span><span><span>letter</span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span> </span></span></span><span><span><span>in response to the draft platform recommendation from the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force. Leaders of these networks found the task force’s recommendations for public education, especially as they relate to charter schools, to be disappointing, harmful, and misleading.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In addition, a diverse group of national education organizations released another </span></span></span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/sites/default/files/documents/2020-07/Partner%20Letter%20to%20DNC%20Platform%20Committee%202020.pdf"><span><span><span>letter</span></span></span></a><span><span><span> expressing their disappointment.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>These recommendations are to be expected of charter school opponents who will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo. But Mr. Biden knows better. We stand with education leaders who strongly urge the Biden campaign to reconsider this education platform that is dangerous for public school students, especially the large population of Black and Latino students who attend charter schools.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/charter-management-organizations" hreflang="en">charter management organizations</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/nina-rees" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> </div> </div> Mon, 27 Jul 2020 19:56:07 +0000 Reed 22858 at https://www.publiccharters.org National Alliance Statement on Proposed Cut to the Federal Charter Schools Program and the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/07/14/national-alliance-statement-proposed-cut-federal-charter-schools-program-and <span>National Alliance Statement on Proposed Cut to the Federal Charter Schools Program and the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/reed" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Reed</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/13/2020 - 22:01</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/statement" hreflang="en">Statement</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-07-14T12:00:00Z">July 14, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, issued the statement below in response to two important issues that impact charter schools:</p> <ul> <li>The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee this week approved fiscal year 2021 legislation, which included reducing the Charter Schools Program by $40 million below the 2020 enacted level.</li> <li>The Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force offered suggestions on charter schools as part of recommendations to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Platform Drafting Committee.</li> </ul> <p>“This is an important week for charter schools and recent developments underscore the critical work we have before us as charter school advocates.</p> <p>We are disappointed that the House Appropriations Committee voted to reduce funding for the Charter Schools Program by $40 million in fiscal year 2021. These innovative public schools currently serve 3.5 million students across the country, and at least five million more students would attend one if it were available. Our disappointment is, however, tempered because the committee wisely chose not to follow the President’s budget request to eliminate the program in favor of a block grant. Even in these difficult times, we acknowledge the leadership of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) Subcommittee in affirming the value and necessity of the Charter Schools Program.</p> <p>Although the committee voted to reduce funding, we would like to applaud the leadership of Representatives Harris and Cole, who stood up for charter school students. Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01), voiced his concern about the decreased funding of charter schools in this bill, noting the impact on students of color, including those in his home state of Maryland. In addition, Ranking Member Tom Cole (OK-4) offered an amendment to restore the $40 million cut from the Charter Schools Program. He expressed disappointment about the cut, noting that the program has enjoyed bipartisan support and done so much to support charter schools, which offer an alternative for students trapped in chronically underperforming schools.</p> <p>This week, we are also disappointed by the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force recommendations on K-12 education which are harmful to charter schools. I encourage Mr. Biden to reject these recommendations because they will hurt the most vulnerable students in America. If adopted by the Biden Campaign, these recommendations would send a clear signal that the campaign values the status quo more than the needs of schools that serve predominately Black and Latino students, and students from low-income families. This is not the time to move our country backwards on education.</p> <p>We urge several important changes to the platform recommendations. First, charter schools should be listed among the multiple public school pathways that provide access to the opportunities students deserve. To omit charter schools from this groups suggests either a lack of understanding or a deliberate snub. Further, federal charter school funding for charter schools should not be contingent upon a review by a school district. This is clearly problematic because districts have a conflict of interest and often see charters as competitors. In addition, increased federal regulation of charter schools would override local control by charter school authorizers, even though states already hold charter schools accountable to higher standards of transparency than district schools.</p> <p>Mr. Biden should be careful not to turn his back on the Black and Brown families who support him, and who also <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2019/07/10/more-5000-call-2020-presidential-candidates-end-attacks-charter-schools">overwhelmingly support charter schools</a>. In communities across the country, these voters showed up for him and secured his place as the Democratic nominee for President of the United States. The Biden Campaign should remember these facts:</p> <ul> <li>Charter schools are an important part of public education and they deserve fair funding and support.</li> <li>Charter schools disproportionately serve Black and Brown students and students from low-income communities. When you shortchange charter schools, you shortchange those families.</li> <li>There are 3.5 million students in charter schools across the country, and their parents, teachers and school leaders vote.</li> <li>The federal Charter Schools Program has enjoyed bi-partisan support since the first grant was awarded in 1995, because it works.”</li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/nina-rees" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/charter-schools-program" hreflang="en">Charter Schools Program</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 14 Jul 2020 02:01:07 +0000 Reed 22085 at https://www.publiccharters.org National Alliance Statement on H.R. 2, the Invest in America Act https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/07/02/national-alliance-statement-hr-2-invest-america-act <span>National Alliance Statement on H.R. 2, the Invest in America Act</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/shaelyn" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">shaelyn</span></span> <span>Thu, 07/02/2020 - 09:29</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/statement" hreflang="en">Statement</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-07-02T12:00:00Z">July 2, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, released the following statement:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for acknowledging the significant infrastructure needs of the country, including the nation’s public schools, by passing the Invest in America Act. In addition to proposing bold measures to ensure the safety of schools as they reopen after the coronavirus pandemic, this bill makes progress towards providing facilities funding and new financing options for charter schools.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Key provisions of the bill include:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span>$100 billion in direct grants to high-need schools for school facilities improvement, targeting those with the most limited capacity to raise funds for the long-term improvement of school facilities. </span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>$30 billion in bond provisions for school construction and renovations, including the reauthorization of the <em>Qualified Zone Academy Bonds;</em> and <em>School Infrastructure Bonds</em>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Permanent authorization of the New Markets Tax Credit with an increase in its allocation.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Reinstatement of advance refunding bonds, an important tool for charter schools to reduce the cost of bond financing when interest rates drop. This provision was eliminated in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Broadband infrastructure funding, including a $5 billion appropriation for E-Rate, plus state funding and local grants that total more than $600 million each to provide devices for students and address broadband access. There is also $85 billion to build out broadband networks to underserved areas.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>A $10 billion federal investment to leverage additional state and local funding, address structural challenges, and ensure child-care facilities are safe, appropriate, and able to comply with current and future public health directives. </span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Charter schools and their students have historically and consistently been shortchanged with respect to facilities funding. The Invest in America Act has potential to provide significant assistance to meet the facility needs of all public schools, including charter schools. We are pleased to see the strong commitment and leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives on this issue.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/nina-rees" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/facilities-funding" hreflang="en">facilities funding</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:29:10 +0000 shaelyn 21621 at https://www.publiccharters.org National Alliance Statement on SCOTUS Rulings This Week https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/06/19/national-alliance-statement-scotus-rulings-week <span>National Alliance Statement on SCOTUS Rulings This Week </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/shaelyn" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">shaelyn</span></span> <span>Fri, 06/19/2020 - 15:57</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/statement" hreflang="en">Statement</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-06-19T12:00:00Z">June 19, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, released the following statement:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“This week the U.S. Supreme Court weighed </span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>in on </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>two </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>major </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>issues that directly impact many charter school students, teachers and families. We applaud the</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> court’s</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> leadership in helping to protect millions of people in America, including members of the charter school community.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>American </span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>public </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>schools educate </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>hundreds of thousands</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> of students </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>who were </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>brought to this country as undocumented children. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>M</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>any</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> clas</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>srooms are </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>also led</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> by teachers who</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> are undocumented but have never known any home outside the United States. For this reason</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>,</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> the</span></span></span></span></span></span></span> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>is essential because it allows so many young people to learn, have a career and make positive contributions to this country</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> without fear of </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>immediate </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>deportation. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>And yet, while it provides</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> important </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>protections, this </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>ruling from the Supreme Court</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> did not determine the </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>future of DACA. Congress </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>will still need to resolve this. M</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>embers of our communities and our education system</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> are in a precarious situation through no fault of their own and need a permanent fix</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span>T</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>he court’s action </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>offers important</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>temporary</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>relief</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>, </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>but </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>only </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Congress </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>can </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>provide a permanent remedy.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span> </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The high court </span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>al</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>so issued a ruling that protects gay, lesbian and transgender employees from being disciplined, fired or turned down for a job based on their sexual orientation. We are proud to count many members of the LGBTQ community as part of the charter school community and are pleased</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> to</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> see their rights will now be protected under the 1964 Civil Rights Act's prohibition on sex discrimination.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span> </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>T</span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>ogether these </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>decisions</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>will have a major impact on our nation, public e</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>ducation and the charter movement.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span> </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/civil-rights" hreflang="en">civil rights</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/nina-rees" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/daca" hreflang="en">DACA</a></div> </div> </div> Fri, 19 Jun 2020 19:57:59 +0000 shaelyn 20363 at https://www.publiccharters.org