Statement https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/category/statement en Oklahoma Enacts New Measures to Better Hold Full-Time Virtual Charter Schools Accountable https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/05/26/oklahoma-enacts-new-measures-better-hold-full-time-virtual-charter-schools <span>Oklahoma Enacts New Measures to Better Hold Full-Time Virtual Charter Schools Accountable</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/reed" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Reed</span></span> <span>Tue, 05/26/2020 - 16:29</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="2020-05-26T12:00:00Z">May 26, 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, released the following statement:</p> <p>“Recently, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed House Bill (HB) 2905, authored by Representative Sheila Dills, into law. The bill addresses some of the problems with full-time virtual charter school education in the state.</p> <p>Oklahoma’s current charter school law is vague in several areas and results in taxpayers sending significant sums of money to schools to provide funding for students who are no longer attending them. HB 2905 addresses some of these ambiguities through new requirements to verify enrollment, eliminate multiple same-year student transfers, and track student online participation. These provisions are strong improvements to the law.</p> <p>The National Alliance applauds Representative Dills for working to strengthen the quality of education options for Oklahoma parents. Going forward, we urge the Oklahoma Legislature and Governor Stitt to fund full-time virtual charter schools based upon student participation. This is the most critical step for reforming full-time virtual charter schools, ensuring that students receive a high-quality education at them, and protecting taxpayer dollars.”</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="/taxonomy/term/96" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/270" hreflang="en">Oklahoma</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 26 May 2020 20:29:07 +0000 Reed 17769 at https://www.publiccharters.org National Alliance Releases Statement on HEROES Act Proposal and Letter to House and Senate Leadership https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/05/13/national-alliance-releases-statement-heroes-act-proposal-and-letter-house <span>National Alliance Releases Statement on HEROES Act Proposal and Letter to House and Senate Leadership</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/reed" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Reed</span></span> <span>Wed, 05/13/2020 - 09:55</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="2020-05-13T12:00:00Z">May 13, 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>Yesterday, U.S. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, introduced H.R. 6800, the <a href="https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/560116/BILLS-116hr6800ih.pdf">Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act</a> (HEROES Act), an essential step towards meeting the needs of America’s K-12 schools hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, released the following statement:</p> <p>“We are grateful for Congress’s continued commitment to provide K-12 schools and their leaders with funding to meet the extraordinary needs of students impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The HEROES Act takes another important step toward the provision of desperately needed funding to thousands of schools across the nation that have already experienced and are anticipating tremendous resource needs.</p> <p>We are pleased that the HEROES Act proposes funding to help provide Wi-Fi hotspots and other connected devices to many students who are unable to access the digital resources critical for distance learning. While this funding is significant it still falls short of the needs of students. In addition, we are pleased that the proposed funding for mental health services, as well as for state and local aid dollars, exceeds our recommendation.</p> <p>However, simply put, the money allotted for K-12 schools in the HEROES Act is disappointingly low. And one of the groups of Americans that will bear that burden most is students—particularly students of color and students from low-income families.  Furthermore, there are no safeguards for charter schools in this package. Many of these public schools are at risk of not receiving their fair share of federal, state, or local funding.  Charter school students are among our nation’s most vulnerable, with nearly 60 percent nationwide eligible for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program. In many schools, that number is much higher. Many of these children are black and brown and come from the very communities which have borne the brunt of the coronavirus.</p> <p>Supporting these students through distance learning, safely and successfully reopening their school buildings, helping them catch up and preparing for potential shut-downs in the fall and winter is complex and costly. This is especially true for schools serving underserved populations. The $56.5 billion in additional stimulus funding for K-12 education outlined in the HEROES Act will be far from sufficient.</p> <p>In a <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/sites/default/files/documents/2020-05/COVID%204%20Request%20Letter%20May%2012_letterhead.pdf">letter </a>addressed to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, U.S. Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy we detailed the critical needs of K-12 students in the midst of this pandemic. The HEROES Act is an important step toward providing resources schools desperately need. But we cannot let this be another time when charter school students get short-changed. Every public school in America deserves its fair share.”</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="/taxonomy/term/96" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 13 May 2020 13:55:48 +0000 Reed 17684 at https://www.publiccharters.org Punching Above Their Weight: Charter Schools are Disproportionately Represented in U.S. News’s Top 100 Best Public High Schools https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/04/21/punching-above-their-weight-charter-schools-are-disproportionately <span>Punching Above Their Weight: Charter Schools are Disproportionately Represented in U.S. News’s Top 100 Best Public High Schools</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/reed" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Reed</span></span> <span>Tue, 04/21/2020 - 15:01</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="2020-04-21T12:00:00Z">April 21, 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, U.S. News &amp; World Report’s (U.S. News) 2020 <a href="https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/national-rankings/charter-school-rankings">rankings</a> of the best public high schools recognize charter schools are among the best high schools in the country. Two charter schools, BASIS Chandler in Chandler, AZ (#7) and Haas Hall Academy in Bentonville, AR (#8), claim spots in the nation’s top ten public high schools and 21 charter schools rank in the top 100.</p> <p>Although charter schools make up only slightly more than 10% of U.S. high schools, they account for nearly 18 percent of schools in the top 5% and nearly a quarter of schools in the top 1%. </p> <p>The U.S. News Best High Schools rankings include data on more than 24,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Nearly 18,000 schools were ranked on college readiness, math and reading proficiency, math and reading performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth, and graduation rates based on their performance on state examinations and college-readiness metrics.</p> <p>National Alliance President and CEO Nina Rees released the following statement:</p> <p>"Charter schools are among the best high schools in the nation. This ranking validates it, and families know it. That’s why more than five million additional families would send their child to a charter school if one were available to them.</p> <p>I applaud the hard work of outstanding charter schools whose ranking demonstrates their outsized impact on the public-school sector. The U.S. News Best High School rankings are yet another reminder to policymakers and legislators that charter schools are a high-quality public-school option for all students.”</p> <p><strong>Charter Schools in U.S. News’s Top 100 Best Public High Schools</strong></p> <ol><li>BASIS Chandler in Chandler, AZ (#7)</li> <li>Haas Hall Academy in Bentonville, AR (#8)</li> <li>Signature School in Evansville, IN (#15)</li> <li>BASIS Oro Valley in Oro Valley, AZ (#18)</li> <li>BASIS Peoria in Peoria, AZ (#27)</li> <li>Haas Hall Academy in Fayetteville, AR (#32)</li> <li>Charter School of Wilmington in Wilmington, DE (#39)</li> <li>BASIS Flagstaff in Flagstaff, AZ (#43)</li> <li>BASIS Tucson North in Tucson, AZ (#48)</li> <li>BASIS Scottsdale in Scottsdale, AZ (#49)</li> <li>University High School in Fresno, CA (#55)</li> <li>BASIS Phoenix in Phoenix, AZ (#56)</li> <li>BASIS Ahwatukee in Phoenix, AZ (#67)</li> <li>Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans, LA (#71)</li> <li>Archimedean Upper Conservatory Charter School in Miami, FL (#74)</li> <li>International Studies Charter High School in Miami, FL (#83)</li> <li>Preuss School UCSD in La Jolla, CA (#87)</li> <li>Hawthorne Math and Science Academy in Hawthorne, CA (#89)</li> <li>BASIS San Antonio – Shavano Campus, Castle Hills, TX (#91)</li> <li>Harding Charter Preparatory High School in Oklahoma City, OK (#96)</li> <li>Westlake Academy in Westlake, TX (#100)</li> </ol></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="/taxonomy/term/96" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/189" hreflang="en">rankings</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 21 Apr 2020 19:01:55 +0000 Reed 17488 at https://www.publiccharters.org National Alliance Statement on Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/03/26/national-alliance-statement-coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security <span>National Alliance Statement on Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/shaelyn" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">shaelyn</span></span> <span>Thu, 03/26/2020 - 08:32</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="2020-03-26T12:00:00Z">March 26, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>WASHINGTON – </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>Late last night, the U.S. Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, legislation that takes important steps to safeguard the learning of all students whose education has been disrupted by COVID-19. We are grateful to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Patty Murray (D-WA) for their work in securing resources for our K12 education system while ensuring that charter schools, their staff, and the students they serve are treated fairly in this time of national emergency.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We are pleased that the Senate is prioritizing emergency funding for all public schools, including charter schools, and the families they serve,” said Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. “As public schools scramble to transition to remote learning, 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.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The CARES Act includes a $30.75 billion Education Stabilization Fund which allocates funds to governors, state education agencies (SEAs), local education agencies (LEAs), and institutions of higher education (IHEs) to address a range of student needs. The bill allocates:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>$3 billion in flexible funding to governors for K-12 and IHEs;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>$13.5 billion to SEAs for grants to LEAs; and,</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>$14.25 billion to IHEs.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>SEAs are required to allocate funds to LEAs based on the relative share of federal Title I funding they received last year. Funds can be used for a wide range of K-12 purposes, including purchasing educational technology to support online learning and making up for lost learning time.  <br /><br /> Importantly, the bill’s funding mechanism to LEAs ensures that charter schools receive their appropriate share of funding.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Furthermore, the CARES Act ensures all waivers from Elementary and Secondary Education Act requirements granted by the U.S. Secretary of Education include charter schools and are implemented in accordance with state charter laws.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The bill includes $100 million for Project School Emergency Response to Violence to address the impact of this emergency on students, including their mental health.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Child nutrition programs are also boosted by $8.8 billion for food purchases and demonstration projects to increase flexibility for schools.</span></span></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="/taxonomy/term/448" hreflang="en">COVID-19</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 26 Mar 2020 12:32:10 +0000 shaelyn 17292 at https://www.publiccharters.org National Alliance Criticizes President Trump's Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Proposal https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/02/10/national-alliance-criticizes-president-trumps-fiscal-year-2021-budget <span>National Alliance Criticizes President Trump&#039;s Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Proposal</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/reed" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Reed</span></span> <span>Mon, 02/10/2020 - 10:05</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="2020-02-10T12:00:00Z">February 10, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span>Nina Rees, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, released the following statement in response to the president’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2021: </span></span></p> <p><span><span>“President Trump has consistently said that school choice is a priority for his administration, but this budget, if enacted, would leave families in need with fewer school options. The education vision put forward by this budget is chilling. It would provide—through the proposed ‘Education Freedom Scholarships’ tax credit—extra federal financial help for families to access private schools, while withdrawing support for public school choice for our most vulnerable families by doing away with the Charter Schools Program (CSP). </span></span></p> <p><span><span>“The president’s proposal to collapse the Charter Schools Program into a block grant with other federal education programs would jeopardize the ability of community leaders to start new schools because it would put too much power in the hands of anti-charter politicians at the state level. The CSP is especially important to single-site school leaders—many of whom are African-American or Hispanic educators seeking to better serve the students of their communities—who have limited access to resources to launch their schools. Without dedicated federal charter school funding, fewer charter schools will open and many of the 5 million students currently waiting for the chance to attend a charter school will never get in.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“The Charter Schools Program has generated a high return on taxpayer dollars and is one of the few federal programs that maintains bipartisan support. Most importantly, the program has put high-quality public schools within reach of families who have been neglected for too long. Sixty-seven percent of charter school students are students of color and 58 percent come from low-income families. These students now have choices that were once available only to wealthy families. Many of these students are going on to college and good careers because the Charter Schools Program made it possible for a high-quality, tuition-free school to open near them. The block-grant proposal would eliminate this opportunity for countless students and dim their futures. Combined with the $4.8 billion in proposed cuts to other public school funding, the president’s budget would cripple programs that both district and charter schools rely on to educate low-income students.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“The Administration’s $5 billion plan to provide tax credits to entice greater donations to private school choice programs has little chance of passing in the current Congress and even less chance of being utilized in states that don’t support private school choice. As a result, there’s no guarantee that this tax credit plan would ever help a student in need access a better school. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>“By contrast, the Charter Schools Program allows the federal government to directly fund the creation of new, innovative public schools in the 45 states that have enacted charter school laws. Charter schools are free to all families and cannot discriminate on any basis. <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2019/05/10/charter-schools-are-getting-results">Numerous studies</a> demonstrate <a href="https://urbancharters.stanford.edu/download/Urban%20Charter%20School%20Study%20Report%20on%2041%20Regions.pdf">charter schools’ success</a>, especially for students of color. The Charter Schools Program has earned the continued support of leaders in both parties.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“I urge Congress to reject the ill-considered block-grant proposal and support the millions of children and families who need high-quality public school options.” </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="/taxonomy/term/96" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> </div> </div> Mon, 10 Feb 2020 15:05:39 +0000 Reed 16917 at https://www.publiccharters.org New Poll Shows Support for Charter Schools is High Ahead of National School Choice Week https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/01/24/new-poll-shows-support-charter-schools-high-ahead-national-school-choice <span>New Poll Shows Support for Charter Schools is High Ahead of National School Choice Week</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/reed" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Reed</span></span> <span>Fri, 01/24/2020 - 12:11</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="2020-01-24T12:00:00Z">January 24, 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 American Federation for Children released its 6th annual nationwide <a href="https://www.federationforchildren.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/1-21-20-AFC-2020-National-Release-Memo-final.pdf">survey </a>of public opinion on school choice in honor of National School Choice Week next week. Results demonstrate that national support for school choice remains high and is growing.  </p> <p>As it relates to charter schools, 58 percent of Democratic primary voters, 60 percent of Millennials, 62 percent of African Americans, and 65 percent of Latinos surveyed confirmed they would be <em>less likely </em>to support a presidential candidate who aims to eliminate all federal public charter school funding. </p> <p>National Alliance for Public Charter Schools President and CEO Nina Rees released the following statement:</p> <p>“The American Federation for Children’s poll is a strong reminder that despite the increased negative rhetoric from opponents of charter schools, support for school choice is growing and communities care deeply about their right to choose the best school for their child. It is not a coincidence that families of color, particularly African American and Hispanic families, support greater school choice, including greater access to high-quality public charter schools in their communities. The data is clear — nearly 80 percent of parents want the option of choosing which public school their child attends. <a href="https://urbancharters.stanford.edu/download/Urban%20Charter%20School%20Study%20Report%20on%2041%20Regions.pdf">Stanford CREDO’s study</a> shows low-income Hispanic students and low-income African American students stand to receive additional days of math and reading instruction each academic school year in an urban charter school. We must remember that parents vote with their feet, and support for charter schools is growing."</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="/taxonomy/term/96" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> </div> </div> Fri, 24 Jan 2020 17:11:04 +0000 Reed 16636 at https://www.publiccharters.org Governor Whitmer Restores Previously Vetoed Funding Increase to Michigan Charter School Students https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2019/12/20/governor-whitmer-restores-previously-vetoed-funding-increase-michigan <span>Governor Whitmer Restores Previously Vetoed Funding Increase to Michigan Charter School Students</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/reed" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Reed</span></span> <span>Wed, 12/18/2019 - 16:23</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="2019-12-20T12:00:00Z">December 20, 2019</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>Today, Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, released the following statement regarding the signing of Senate Bill 154 by Governor Whitmer:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We are pleased to see that Michigan lawmakers have restored the funding increase for charter schools that Governor Whitmer vetoed earlier this year. Before the veto, charter schools were scheduled to receive the same $240 per pupil increase that district schools received. With the enactment of Senate Bill 154, they will again receive this increase.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Michigan’s children should never be used as pawns in a political face-off. After Governor Whitmer’s veto, charter school families, teachers, and leaders effectively voiced their disapproval of such tactics. State legislators were virtually unanimous in their support for the bill that restored the funding increase. We are glad that Governor Whitmer received the message loud and clear and that charter school students will receive the funding that they deserve."</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="/taxonomy/term/96" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/85" hreflang="en">charter school funding</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 18 Dec 2019 21:23:02 +0000 Reed 16310 at https://www.publiccharters.org House and Senate Agree on $440 Million Spending Agreement for the Federal Charter Schools Program https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2019/12/17/house-and-senate-agree-440-million-spending-agreement-federal-charter <span>House and Senate Agree on $440 Million Spending Agreement for the Federal Charter Schools Program</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/reed" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Reed</span></span> <span>Tue, 12/17/2019 - 14:59</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="2019-12-17T12:00:00Z">December 17, 2019</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>WASHINGTON, D.C. –</strong> The House and Senate FY 2020 spending agreement reached yesterday provides $440 million for the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP), maintaining FY 2019 funding levels, the highest-ever funding level in the program’s more than 20-year history.  The CSP supports the creation of new charter schools, which are all public schools, as well as the replication and expansion of existing high-performing charter schools.</p> <p>National Alliance President and CEO Nina Rees has released the following statement:</p> <p>“We are relieved by this outcome. However, we remain deeply concerned about the estimated 5 million students who are waiting for their chance to attend a high-quality charter school but can’t because there is no available space at a charter school in their community. We hope that Congress keeps these students at the center of the debate on funding levels for the federal Charter Schools Program for FY 2021.</p> <p>"We are grateful for the important funding increases for Title I, IDEA, Title IV and 21st Century Learning Communities, all of which provide critical supports to the many charter school students who face significant challenges.</p> <p>"We thank Senate Labor HHS-Education Subcommittee Chairman Blunt (R-MO), and Ranking Member Murray (D-WA), House Labor HHS-Education Subcommittee  Chairwoman DeLauro (D-CT) and Ranking Member Cole for their support of the Charter Schools Program and the students who depend upon it."</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="/taxonomy/term/96" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/79" hreflang="en">Charter Schools Program</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 17 Dec 2019 19:59:10 +0000 Reed 16293 at https://www.publiccharters.org In a Blow to New Hampshire Public School Students, Fiscal Committee Denies $46 Million Grant https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2019/12/13/blow-new-hampshire-public-school-students-fiscal-committee-denies-46-million <span>In a Blow to New Hampshire Public School Students, Fiscal Committee Denies $46 Million Grant</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/reed" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Reed</span></span> <span>Fri, 12/13/2019 - 15:20</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="2019-12-13T12:00:00Z">December 13, 2019</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>Nina Rees, president and CEO </span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span>of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, issued the following statement regarding</span></span></span></span></span><span><span> the New Hampshire Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee’s vote to reject $46 million in new money for public education:</span></span></span></span><span><span> </span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“Today, Democrats on the New Hampshire Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee voted to reject $46 million in new <span>federal </span>funding for public school students in the Granite State. The funding, intended to give at-risk students the same educational opportunities as wealthier families, was rejected in the committee on a party-line, 7-3 vote.</span></span></span></span><span><span> </span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Like Governor Sununu, we are sickened that New Hampshire Democrats turned their backs on their professed values and openly mocked the more than 200 hundred teachers, students, parents, and leaders who attended the meeting today. These individuals were there to let legislators know how important this funding is and would be for students across the state.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>It is clear from today’s vote that the Democratic members of the committee are beholden to the educational establishment and specifically the teachers’ <span>unions</span>, which lobbied committee members hard not to accept the funding in order to maintain the status quo in the state’s public schools.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>We will continue to work with New Hampshire teachers, students, parents and leaders to bring more resources to the state to ensure all students can access a great public school.</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="/taxonomy/term/96" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> </div> </div> Fri, 13 Dec 2019 20:20:07 +0000 Reed 16265 at https://www.publiccharters.org Network for Public Education Releases Biased Publication that Takes Reckless Swipes at our Nation's Neediest Students https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2019/12/11/network-public-education-releases-biased-publication-takes-reckless-swipes <span>Network for Public Education Releases Biased Publication that Takes Reckless Swipes at our Nation&#039;s Neediest Students</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/reed" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Reed</span></span> <span>Tue, 12/10/2019 - 15:54</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="2019-12-11T12:00:00Z">December 11, 2019</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Today, Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, published the following statement regarding <em>Still Asleep at the Wheel</em>, a publication released by the anti-charter school group, the Network for Public Education (NPE):</p> <p>“Charter schools have been, and are, a lifeline to millions of students—many of them poor, black, and brown. And the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) has provided vital seed funding for charter schools, allowing new schools to open and high-performing charter schools to replicate and expand in communities where there is a desperate need for high-quality public school options. </p> <p>“The CSP, like every federal program, should be subject to careful oversight and thoughtful review—in order to safeguard taxpayer investments and the education of students. Unfortunately, the NPE ‘report’ is neither thoughtful nor careful. Instead, it is a reckless attack on an indispensable program, substituting half-truths, falsehoods, and unsubstantiated assertions for careful analysis.</p> <p>“According to the U.S. Department of Education’s own analysis of 5,264 charter schools that have received state or direct Department funding, only 1.7 percent of CSP-funded charter schools close before their second year of operation. The Department’s analysis also found that the start-up success rate of charter schools that received CSP funding has improved as greater oversight has been implemented. Moreover, this report does not include data from grants awarded since the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which greatly strengthened the CSP program. Since 2001, more than 96 percent of all CSP funds resulted in the opening of a charter school.</p> <p>“The report also frames every closure—regardless of when or why it occurs—as a sign of waste. To the contrary, school closures indicate state charter school laws are working and authorizers are doing their job—closing schools that aren’t meeting their accountability agreements. This feature distinguishes charter schools from district-run schools, which can continue to remain open and spend taxpayer dollars even when they fail to provide a quality education for students. Furthermore, our review of publicly available data finds that, on average, four percent of charter schools close each year—nowhere near the picture this report attempts to paint.</p> <p>“NPE incorrectly assumes that when a multi-year CSP grant award is made, funding is provided in its entirety up front. This is not true. Schools that never open receive only a fraction of the award amount—typically only utilizing ‘planning’ funds. Thus, if a school never opens it can’t receive its full CSP award. The NPE analysis dramatically overstates the amount of funding allocated to schools that never opened. This is just one example of the multiple problems with the report.</p> <p>“The false claims contained in the report are unfortunately not surprising. NPE, its board, and its funders have long been more concerned with stopping the progress toward more high-quality public school options than ensuring that every child—regardless of zip code—has access to a high-quality education.</p> <p>“NPE is a biased organization that is funded by the teachers’ unions, which are notoriously hostile to giving parents and students more choices in public education. In 2018, the American Federation of Teachers reported contributing $35,000 to the Network for Public Education Action. Between 2014 and 2016, the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation gave more than $300,000 to the Network for Public Education. This report is another attempt to put a veneer of data and research on a political effort to deny students public school choices. We would urge all readers to consider the source before embracing the finding.</p> <p>“We at the National Alliance want the CSP to work well, especially for the estimated 5 million students who would attend a charter school if one were available to them. We are eager to promote an honest and fact-based evaluation of the program’s strengths as well as areas in which improvement is needed. Unfortunately, the NPE report has no place in such an assessment and instead spreads smoke where light is needed.”</p> <p>For more information on why <em>Still Asleep at the Wheel</em> is filled with bad data and false assumptions, see our <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/sites/default/files/documents/2019-12/BadData_AsleepAtTheWheel_1.pdf?utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8pu4gJKh1MH-5W0ALDnXl3BJ9wGyJcNJs6ZNX7DtUBGMZn-ILgxP4KY9EVlwlebE0gBqal">full analysis</a>. </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="/taxonomy/term/96" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 10 Dec 2019 20:54:28 +0000 Reed 16248 at https://www.publiccharters.org