charter school funding https://www.publiccharters.org/taxonomy/term/85 en 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 Michigan's Governor Whitmer Implements Budget that Deems Public Charter School Students Less Valuable than their District Counterparts https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2019/10/29/michigans-governor-whitmer-implements-budget-deems-public-charter-school-0 <span>Michigan&#039;s Governor Whitmer Implements Budget that Deems Public Charter School Students Less Valuable than their District Counterparts</span> <h4 class="field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field--item">Today, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released the following statement on Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to implement budget cuts to Michigan’s charter schools:</h4> <span><span lang="" about="/user/shaelyn" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">shaelyn</span></span> <span>Tue, 10/29/2019 - 08:21</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="2019-10-29T12:00:00Z">October 29, 2019</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 D.C. </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>- Today, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released the following statement on Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to implement budget cuts to Michigan’s charter schools:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Governor Whitmer recently red-lined more than 100 budget items approved by the Republican-controlled state legislature. In an unprecedented budget cut to 10 percent of the state’s public-school students, Governor Whitmer brought the hyper-partisan dysfunction rampant in Washington D.C. to Lansing, Michigan. Governor Whitmer’s budget cut calls for the omission of a $240 increase in per pupil funding to charter school students, costing some charter schools as much as $600,000 this year.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Charter school students, who are all public-school students, are the political weapon Governor Whitmer is using to bargain with legislators in a state budget battle. The legislature approved an increase in per-pupil funding for all public-school students—yet Governor Whitmer eliminated the increase for charter school students, meaning some public schools will still get increased per-pupil funding from the state, but others won’t. The budget cut is a damaging blow to Michigan charter school students who already receive 27 percent less funding than their district school counterparts.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Charter school students should not be used as pawns in a political game. We cannot let Governor Whitmer deem charter school students less valuable than other public-school students, a disparaging view that could set political precedent and negatively impacts tens of thousands of our nation’s most underserved families,” said Todd Ziebarth, senior vice president of state advocacy and support at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. “Michigan charter schools largely serve low-income students and students of color. Governor Whitmer’s attack on charter schools is in direct contradiction to the Democratic party’s ideals of empowering underserved communities.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>On the 2017 M-STEP, the statewide student performance test in Michigan, Detroit charter schools scored twice as high as their district school peers. There are 294 charter schools and more than 350 charter school campuses serving more than 150,000 charter school students in Michigan. Nearly half of Flint and Detroit students attend charter schools. According to a 2015 <a href="https://info.publiccharters.org/e2t/c/*W7zcf5533XpMWW81mPTW61QXdc0/*W1jKLJJ55NyWTW9h8bZL594dNy0/5/f18dQhb0SfHr9c-h9gW5yLC5R4T_wDdVRbxRT8qCdnlVsd2ym1SddPTW53DQ4N2N33yWW8WBD6254RVlGN549BWrJpjXnW54WtlF32lyr_W8V35yM8SFgcPW2sJRXq58jhnSW7pyXDz8lZfrKW11nd321XV65bMh4xSKTxBjyW95yBdv4X7rf2W7vsFSx6XXCTsW9bTNXY953-jPW5ZpycS57-ZBTW83C5JP1ZJ1PKW3VKVtL6mGWN2W24ZF-x1ZY618W5KL5391K8TVPW8hz0Ys806yj3W70ml3s3qcKrGW2MSqLF4GMvKnW4qF-281lGJBgW3GTtR49dJLscW6WFw2-694MM0W4Qz1fp7r6zjcW6VpWlm52mKzwW708C8s6sRphJW4Pydfx6K_g1kW8WkK0x6CLjvwW5Yy67q57mkwJW3HVxV61FJrg4W35pGgb5xpK7gW5TMgTx6912sLW8lscWk8gqlPVN49kJcm3gd6BW3zXm3v8csLSqW112nkB36XCDbW5FvYrp2YtfR0W5pdfm68w6Wf1W1tFNx_2L5GhqW3G7jGc5fQszmW4pxmZ572mLXSW4HxzP78x_1W8N3YVjJLzvXYsN1WPqF4pV_Zmf2DFdTY11">study</a> by Stanford University’s CREDO, on average urban charter school students gain 40 days of learning in math and 28 days of learning in reading per year in comparison to their traditional public school peers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The news out of Michigan shows a new low in today’s polarizing politics. Charter school supporters from the left and right need to join forces to ensure public school students are not treated as political collateral damage.</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/78" hreflang="en">state policy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/109" hreflang="en">Todd Ziebarth</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/85" hreflang="en">charter school funding</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 29 Oct 2019 12:21:07 +0000 shaelyn 15868 at https://www.publiccharters.org National Alliance Urges Appellate Court to Uphold Florida HB 7069 https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2019/06/11/national-alliance-urges-appellate-court-uphold-florida-hb-7069 <span>National Alliance Urges Appellate Court to Uphold Florida HB 7069 </span> <h4 class="field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field--item">Oral Arguments Held to Determine Fate of Bill Providing More Equitable Funding to Public School Students</h4> <span><span lang="" about="/user/shaelyn" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">shaelyn</span></span> <span>Mon, 06/10/2019 - 17:47</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="2019-06-11T12:00:00Z">June 11, 2019</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><strong>WASHINGTON, D.C. </strong>— Today, Florida’s First District Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on House Bill (HB) 7069, a bill that ensures all the state’s public students receive more equitable funding. “During oral arguments, we will make the case that charter school students should be treated the same as their district school counterparts, just as the lower court ruled and just as we believe the law demands,” said Shawn Arnold, an attorney representing several intervening charter schools and charter school parents in the case.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>HB 7069, which was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law in 2017, ensures that school boards share capital outlay dollars (local tax revenue) with public charter schools. Because of HB 7069, today, charter schools are required to receive their fair share of local tax revenue, which helps ensure charter schools can provide adequate facilities for their students. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Charter schools strengthen the public education system by providing a public, tuition-free, high-quality education in schools that put the needs of students first,” said National Alliance Senior Director of Legal Affairs Robert Reed, Jr. “All public-school students—including those who attend charter schools—deserve the same funding regardless of which type of public school they choose to attend. In fact, Florida law recognizes this and requires charter school students be funded at a comparable level to students attending district public schools. We urge the courts to recognize and uphold the purpose of HB 7069: to ensure that public funds are fairly distributed to all public-school students.”</span></span></span></p> <p>Currently, there are 313,000 students attending charter scho<span><span><span>ols across Florida. Prior to the passage of HB 7069, nearly every school district in the state refused to share locally-raised capital outlay dollars with charter schools. Because charter schools must often spend a sizable portion of their annual operating budget on rent payments for their school facility, charter schools had far less money to use for essential operations and classroom support. </span></span></span></p> <p>The National Alliance's Charter School Legal Action Fund has supported efforts to uphold HB 7069 since it was signed into law in 2017.</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/183" hreflang="en">Charter School Legal Action Fund</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/246" hreflang="en">legal advocacy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/85" hreflang="en">charter school funding</a></div> </div> </div> Mon, 10 Jun 2019 21:47:25 +0000 shaelyn 14489 at https://www.publiccharters.org National Alliance Statement on House Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing on the Department of Education's FY2020 Budget Request https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2019/03/26/national-alliance-statement-house-appropriations-subcommittee-hearing <span>National Alliance Statement on House Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing on the Department of Education&#039;s FY2020 Budget Request</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/shaelyn" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">shaelyn</span></span> <span>Tue, 03/26/2019 - 15:17</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="2019-03-26T12:00:00Z">March 26, 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, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testified before the House Appropriations subcommittee on the Education Department’s budget request for fiscal year 2020. As a weapon to combat the administration’s request for a $60 million budget increase to the federal Charter Schools Program, the Network for Public Education, a partisan group funded by special interests, released a one-sided “report” with false claims about how federal dollars fund public charter schools. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Many of the “facts” included in the report are not taken from official sources but are instead unverified and extracted from other publications made by anti-charter organizations. <span>Contrary to report findings, there is no data or accompanying analysis to support that one billion federal dollars has been wasted on charter schools.  Furthermore, the database that the report alleges to rely on from the U.S. Department of Education does not account for charter school consolidations or conversions to different charter management organizations. Any failing public school wastes tax payer dollars and fails students by providing them with a substandard education.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Since the very beginning, the charter school sector has welcomed local, state, and federal oversight. In fact, this agreement—autonomy in exchange for accountability—is central to the public charter school model. To serve students well, these schools must meet the terms of their charter or be closed. Therefore, to attack charter schools for closing their doors is to fundamentally misunderstand the mission of charter schools to put the needs of students first. The National Alliance’s </span></span></span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/ranking-state-public-charter-school-laws-2019">model charter school law</a></span></span></span></span><span><span><span> provides states with model policy on charter school closures. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The National Alliance’s senior vice president of advocacy, Amy Wilkins, released the following statement: </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“There are five million students across the US who want to attend a charter school but cannot because there isn’t one available to them. These students’ futures are put at risk when false reports are not only published but used as fact in some of our nation’s highest government hearings. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>We hope that Congress recognizes this report for what it is: a one-sided, blatantly biased piece that fails to take basic facts into account. Now more than ever it is critical for Congress to support the Charter Schools Program, which provides essential public-school options to millions of families across the U.S. Public charter schools’ achievement outcomes, validated by </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://credo.stanford.edu/">Stanford CREDO studies</a></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>, demonstrate the enormous academic impact charter schools have on our nation’s students, especially low-income students and students of color.”</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/79" hreflang="en">Charter Schools Program</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/85" hreflang="en">charter school funding</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 26 Mar 2019 19:17:15 +0000 shaelyn 13704 at https://www.publiccharters.org National Alliance Statement on University of Arkansas Charter School Funding Report https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2018/11/28/national-alliance-statement-university-arkansas-charter-school-funding <span>National Alliance Statement on University of Arkansas Charter School Funding Report</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/shaelyn" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">shaelyn</span></span> <span>Wed, 11/28/2018 - 13:51</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="2018-11-28T12:00:00Z">November 28, 2018</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><strong>WASHINGTON, D.C. </strong>– Today, the University of Arkansas released <a href="http://www.uaedreform.org/downloads/2018/11/charter-school-funding-more-inequity-in-the-city.pdf">Charter School Funding: (More) Inequity in the City</a>, which finds that public charter schools in 14 cities received, on average, 27 percent less total revenue than traditional public schools. The study examined federal, state, local, and nonpublic dollars (such as individual donations and grants from charitable organizations) received by public schools during the 2015-2016 school year in 14 cities across the country that have a high charter school enrollment: Atlanta, Boston, Camden (NJ), Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Little Rock (AR), Los Angeles, Memphis, New Orleans*, New York City, Oakland, San Antonio, Tulsa, and Washington, D.C. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>National Alliance President and CEO Nina Rees has released the following statement:</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>"We are disappointed—but, unfortunately, not surprised—by the University of Arkansas’s findings that public charter school students receive an average of $5,828 less per-pupil funding than traditional public-school students. Over the years that researchers have conducted these studies, we had hoped this funding gap would close, but it has in fact worsened, driven primarily by gaps in local funding.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Fortunately, this funding gap can be eliminated if states develop a funding formula based on student need that delivers public resources equitably to all public-school students, including public charter school students. We look forward to the day when all public-school students can access the resources they deserve and call on state lawmakers to prioritize finding solutions to close this funding gap.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><em>*New Orleans is treated separately in this analysis.</em></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>About Public Charter Schools</strong><br /> Public 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. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools</strong><br /> 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 sector. For more information, please visit <a href="http://info.publiccharters.org/e1t/c/*W6wxjbC6YBLc1VnYhrh8d4nN40/*W4RRCsg64flvDW3bmXxj2l5Vpt0/5/f18dQhb0S5ft8YXNgWW7rrfyB2qwv1fN2M0lPBJwFgtMf5vKsXD6prW39Dr-N8pCDJ3W626DNB7n7wRSW2xrn8y7cFQ-1W8yDZyZ6PVJWyW625bx16Gj8TSW6bVy-525hvjFVHZ5KN5D8zFFW5m3ZGG96dt4SW4r1QvY1PX-PjW8gjY6L8WBKbVW56sy_82NhXH1N5-_gPDnMdYjW2RwB2G30mTdJW6W7G0r76FQY_N3q73B4v6KJdW5-kzbq9cC_ChW57dWMm77p4WwW5l8CwP7wbqz7W2KKZkQ1zMcNjW9gzt4z6cMBVpW1j0My5838ZrrN5l8b1560M2CN4B86Bw7nqZlW2SjJpj7569QyVqZz826YPgMJW2nmG_Q6BbR_kW8-vNRt4Pw1VkW2sbPxn1C0tKXW3C4ShZ48cnm1MgSD-gsk4dRW3BBd0K6YDF_0W3ybV9356fs3RW43T8vD69ghXxW2B9gLf70k8LyW6lRJl13xWwfqKjD7zqQ_r102">www.publiccharters.org</a></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/77" hreflang="en">research</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/85" hreflang="en">charter school funding</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 28 Nov 2018 18:51:42 +0000 shaelyn 12480 at https://www.publiccharters.org FY 2018 Program Update: Charter Schools Program Funds Reaching Schools in 38 States https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2018/11/06/charter-schools-program-funds-reaching-schools <span>FY 2018 Program Update: Charter Schools Program Funds Reaching Schools in 38 States</span> <h4 class="field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field--item">In September, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) awarded grants in four of the six Charter Schools Programs (CSP): State Entities, Developers, Credit Enhancement, and Dissemination. </h4> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Tue, 11/06/2018 - 13:53</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/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/christy-wolfe" hreflang="en">Christy Wolfe</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2018-11-06T12:00:00Z">November 6, 2018</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2018-11/Current%20Charter%20Schools%20Program%20Grants%20State%20Entity%20and%20Developer%20Grants%20color%20map.png?itok=OZeZYwew" width="250" height="250" alt="Color coded map of Current Charter Schools Program Grants State Entity and Developer Grants" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Congress appropriated a total of $400 million for these awards for FY 2018, including funds for active awards previously awarded. Due to increased funding in recent years, more states than ever have access to start-up funding—31 states have State Entity grants and charter schools in an additional seven states were successful in receiving Developer grants. Many states are also seeing charter school growth through grants to Charter Management Organizations for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools, but awards were not made for that program during FY 2018.</p> <p>This year, the program awards are a bit more complicated because, for the first time, two competitions were run under the new requirements in the <em>Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).</em> Let’s take a closer look at where the money went:</p> <p><strong>State Entity Grants: Funds to Open Charter Schools and Build Statewide Sector Quality</strong></p> <p>The <a href="https://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/charter-schools/state-entities/awards/">State Entity grant program</a> plays a key role in not only awarding subgrants to schools, but also providing funding for technical assistance and strengthening the quality of authorizers in a state.</p> <ul><li><strong>Eight states received awards: </strong>Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Michigan, North Carolina, New York.</li> <li><strong>Five states were not successful</strong>: Alabama, D.C., Guam, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico.</li> <li><strong>Two Charter Support Organizations (CSOs) were funded</strong>: The new changes in ESSA unlocked CSP funding for non-state educational agency applicants, including CSOs. This year, two funded applicants from Arkansas and Idaho were CSOs.</li> </ul><p>At the close of this competition, 31 states (including D.C.) have a current CSP grant in their state (14 states with charter school laws are unfunded). Next year, nine states will likely have expired grants, which leaves a potential (although unlikely) pool of 24 applicants. If Guam and Puerto Rico are included, there will be 26 potential applicants.</p> <p><strong>Charter School Developer Grants: The Safety Net Program</strong></p> <p>This is the first year the competition has been run since the passage of ESSA. What is new is that there were two sub-competitions: one for replication/expansion grants, and the other for new charter school operators. There were 22 replication/expansion awards and 10 single site applicants. This year there were <a href="https://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/charter-schools/charter-schools-program-non-state-educational-agencies-non-sea-planning-program-design-and-initial-implementation-grant/awards/">32 funded applicants</a> for a total of $30.2 million.</p> <p>Ideally, this program would be obsolete. It is a safety for charter schools that wish to open in states that do not have a state entity program. If there was enough funding – and state capacity –  for every state with a charter school law to have funding, new charter schools could simply apply to their state. Instead, after obtaining their charter contract, schools need to jump through the hoops required by federal grants to access funding. So, until every state has adequate funding for start-ups in their state, this program will continue to play a key role in advancing charter school growth.</p> <p>BUT—you may have noticed that some developer grants went to states that <em>also</em> got a state-entity award (Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, and New York). The reason for this is, in part, because ED ran the State Entity and Developer competitions at the same time this year, so Developer applicants didn’t know if their state would receive a State Entity grant prior to applying. ED did not deem those applicants ineligible even when their state ended up receiving a State Entity grant. In addition, some developers were awarded a grant for replication and expansion because their state didn’t have a State Entity grant that permits them to make such awards, such as Ohio (NCLB-era grants don’t permit such awards unless a state has an approved waiver).</p> <p>Of states that don’t have a CSP State Entity grant, seven have schools that received Developer grants: Alabama, Hawaii, Maine, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Utah have charter schools that received Developer grants. Eight states with charter school laws have neither State Entity nor Developer grants (not including Guam and Puerto Rico).</p> <p><strong>Current Charter Schools Program Grants: State Entity and Developer Grants</strong></p> <p><img alt="Map of current charter schools program CSP grants: state entity and developer grants" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f08415c0-8cd9-4e7d-8e57-046c401bb24f" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/map.png" /></p> <p><strong>Credit Enhancement: Reducing Facility Costs for Charter Schools</strong></p> <p>The Credit Enhancement program awards grants to organizations to “enhance” charter school credit so that they can access private-sector and other non-Federal capital in order to acquire, construct, and renovate facilities at a more reasonable cost. This year early <a href="https://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/charter-schools/state-charter-school-facilities-incentive-grants/funding-and-legislation/">$40 million was awarded to four entities</a>.</p> <p>This is a significant decrease from the $56.2 million in awards for 2017. More funds were awarded last year, in part, due to the large pool of high-quality applicants and the needs of the sector. This year, appropriators restricted ED’s flexibility to fund additional applicants, so they were limited to $40 million. Unlike the other CSP programs, Credit Enhancement funds are a one-time allocation so there aren’t any continuation awards—the amount appropriated is the amount that goes out the door.</p> <p><strong>Dissemination: Advancing Accountability and Facilities Access</strong></p> <p>Like the Developer program, this was the first competition year for the new National Dissemination program under ESSA. Previously, this program was known as the National Activities program and had a somewhat broader focus. Under ESSA, the program is focused on the dissemination and development of best practices. This year, <a href="https://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/charter-schools/expanding-opportunity-through-quality-charter-schools-program-csp-national-dissemination-grants/awards/"> 8 grants </a> were awarded to organizations and charter school operators for a total of $16.2 million over the grant period. There were two “buckets” of funding to which applicants could apply: charter school authorizing and charter school facilities. For FY 2019, we anticipate that ED will propose new priorities for this program.</p> <p>The National Alliance is pleased to be a recipient of a Dissemination grant to establish the <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2018/10/01/national-alliance-receives-charter-schools-program-national-dissemination"> National Charter Schools Facilities Center</a> to develop and disseminate best practices and reduce the burden of obtaining and financing charter school facilities.</p> <p><strong>Grants to Charter Management Organizations for the Replication and Expansion of High- Quality Charter Schools: A Delayed Competition</strong></p> <p>ED did not run a competition for the CMO Replication and Expansion program because the agency is required to propose and take public comments on new program rules under ESSA. <a href="https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=ED-2018-OII-0062">Comments for the new competition</a> closed on August of 2018 and the competition will open later this year or in early 2019. Congress knew that ED would need extra time, so FY2018 funds for this program didn’t expire on September 30—ED has until March 2019 to make awards. ED’s “<a href="https://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/find/edlite-forecast.html#chart5">forecast</a>” indicates that the competition for this program will be announced in late November 2018 and applications will be due around the start of the New Year. $120 million is available, and a little more than half of that amount will likely be available for new awards.</p> <p> </p> <p><em><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/about-us/staff/christy-wolfe">Christy Wolfe</a> is a Senior Policy Advisor for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h4>Learn more about our <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/federal-policy">federal policy priorities</a> and <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/sign-be-charter-school-champion">become a charter school champion</a>.</h4> </blockquote></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/79" hreflang="en">Charter Schools Program</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/85" hreflang="en">charter school funding</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=12308&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="kJlailbluHwY-YNzrb75Vg2D39AR3bmSXRwDeDqieHA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 06 Nov 2018 18:53:05 +0000 Melinda 12308 at https://www.publiccharters.org National Alliance Congratulates 2018 U.S. Department of Education Charter Schools Program Grant Recipients https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2018/10/04/national-alliance-congratulates-2018-us-department-education-charter-schools <span>National Alliance Congratulates 2018 U.S. Department of Education Charter Schools Program Grant Recipients </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/shaelyn" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">shaelyn</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/04/2018 - 08:55</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/press-release" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2018-10-04T12:00:00Z">October 4, 2018</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><strong>WASHINGTON, D.C.</strong> –<strong> </strong>Today the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement announced the recipients of <span>$399 million</span> in Charter Schools Program (CSP) grants, which include separate and specific grants for the following programs: </span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span><strong>Funding State Entities</strong> to support the creation of new charter schools, awarded more than <span>$313.4 million over five years to eight states</span>; </span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong>Developer Grants</strong> to open new charter schools and to replicate high-quality charter schools, awarded <span>$29.5 million to 31 charter schools over up to five years</span>; </span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong>Credit Enhancement</strong> to help charter schools meet the cost of financing facilities, awarded <span>$39.9 million to four recipients for one year</span>; </span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong>National Dissemination </strong>to share best practices regarding charter schools, awarded <span>$16.2 million in grants to eight recipients over three years</span>. </span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p><span><span><span>“We are excited to congratulate the winners of this year’s CSP grant competition as they work to expand high-quality charter school options across the country," said Nina Rees, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. "These grants are essential to help new public charter schools open and to replicate high-performing schools that are serving kids well.”  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Currently, more than 7,000 charter schools serve nearly 3.2 million public school students across 43 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico – and a growing number of families are demanding more. According to a <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/publications/demanding-chance-parents-demand-charter-schools-continues-grow/"><span>nationally representative survey</span></a>, nearly 80 percent of parents want to have the option of choosing which public school their child attends, and more than 70 percent favor having a public charter school in their neighborhood. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>More on the grants announced today below:</strong> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><a href="https://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/charter-schools/state-entities/"><strong><span>CSP Grants to State Entities</span></strong></a> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>This year, CSP grants to State Entities (SE) were awarded to eight entities. These grants enable states, charter support organizations, governors, and state authorizers to award sub-grants to eligible applicants in their state to open and prepare for the operation of new charter schools, and to replicate and expand high-quality charter schools. States that received 2018 CSP Grants to SE are: Arizona Department of Education, Arkansas Public School Resource Center, Colorado Department of Education, Delaware Department of Education, Bluum (Idaho), Michigan Department of Education, New York State Education Department and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><a href="https://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/charter-schools/charter-schools-program-non-state-educational-agencies-non-sea-planning-program-design-and-initial-implementation-grant/"><strong><span>CSP Developer Grants for the Opening of New Charter Schools and for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools</span></strong></a> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The grant provides funds to eligible applicants for the opening of new charter schools and for the replication and growth of high-performing charter schools. The grantees opening new charters schools are: Dream House (HI), Kamalani Academy (HI), Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy (MO), Mobile Area Education Foundation (AL), Moore Montessori Community School (NC), New Hope Public School Academy Project Team (MI), Snow Pond Arts Academy (ME), STAR Academy (AL) and University Charter School (AL). The grantees for replication and expansion are: Alliance for Progress Charter School (PA), American Heritage Charter School (ID), Bronx Charter School for the Arts (NY), Building Responsible Intelligent Creative Kids (NJ), Central Jersey College Prep Charter School (NJ), Central Queens Academy Charter School (NY), Charlotte Lab School (NC), Christopher House (IL), Crossroads Academy of Kansas City (MO), Cumberland County Charter School Network (NJ), Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School (PA), Global Ambassadors Language Academy (OH), Good Will Home Association (ME), Henderson Collegiate (NC), Mathematics, Science, and Technology Charter School (PA), Nueva Esperanza (PA), Paterson Arts and Science Charter School (NJ), Prospect Schools (NY), Scuola Vita Nuova (MO), Utah County Academy of Sciences (UT), Waterford Montessori Academy (MI) and the York Academy Regional Charter School (PA). </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><a href="https://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/charter-schools/credit-enhancement-for-charter-school-facilities-program/"><strong><span>CSP Grants for Credit Enhancement for the Charter School Facilities Program</span></strong></a> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>This program provides grants to eligible entities to enhance the credit of charter schools. Charter schools generally lack equitable access to taxpayer funded facilities and have limited access to the funding streams available to school districts. These CSP awards support charter schools in accessing private-sector and other non-Federal capital to acquire, construct, and renovate facilities at a reasonable cost. This year’s recipients are: Center for Community Self-Help, Charter Schools Development Corporation, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and the Nonprofit Finance Fund. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><a href="https://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/charter-schools/expanding-opportunity-through-quality-charter-schools-program-csp-national-dissemination-grants/"><strong><span>CSP National Dissemination Grants</span></strong></a> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>This program provides grants to support the work of eligible entities to improve the charter school sector and increase the number of high-quality charter schools through the dissemination of best practices. These CSP awards support a variety of organizations in their work to support charter schools across the country. This year’s grantees are: Breakthrough Charter Schools, Building Hope, California Charter Schools Association, Colorado Charter School Institute, The Institute for Excellence in Education, NACA Inspired Schools Network, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, and the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><a href="https://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/charter-schools/charter-schools-program-grants-for-replications-and-expansion-of-high-quality-charter-schools/"><strong><span>CSP Grants for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools</span></strong></a></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A notice inviting applications for the CSP Grants for Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools (CMO grants) has not been issued yet for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18).  We expect the FY18 competition to be held in late 2018 or in early 2019; Congress made funds available through March 31, 2019<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="/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 class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/85" hreflang="en">charter school funding</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 04 Oct 2018 12:55:22 +0000 shaelyn 12012 at https://www.publiccharters.org Strengthening Federal Investment in Charter School Facilities https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/strengthening-federal-investment-charter-school-facilities <span>Strengthening Federal Investment in Charter School Facilities </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/joshuakearns" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">joshuakearns</span></span> <span>Thu, 03/01/2018 - 17:12</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2018-03/Strengthening%20Federal%20Investment%20in%20Charter%20School%20Facilities%20_0.jpg?itok=3gxkdn-c" width="480" height="272" alt="Strengthening Federal Investment in Charter School Facilities " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>This paper examines what can be done at the federal level to provide additional resources to charter schools to access school buildings, and to create incentives for states to address inequities in the allocation and funding of buildings. The ideas presented in this paper are the result of a one-day convening of more than 30 charter school facility policy experts, finance experts, practitioners, and nonprofit lenders. They include changes that policymakers can make to strengthen existing programs as well as new programs that policymakers can create to ease the facilities burden on charter schools.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/sites/default/files/documents/2018-07/Executive%20Summary-Strengthening%20Federal%20Investment%20in%20Charter%20School%20Facilities%20-2.pdf">Click here to download an executive summary of the report</a>.</strong></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-document field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><article class="media media-document view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-file field--type-file field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="pub-file-download"> <a class="btn btn-red" href="https://www.publiccharters.org/sites/default/files/documents/2018-03/FINAL%20Strengthening%20Federal%20Investment%20in%20Charter%20School%20Facilities%20_0.pdf" target="_blank"><i class="fa fa-download"></i>Download Document</a> </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Publication Date</div> <div class="field--item"><time datetime="2018-02-28T12:00:00Z">02/28/2018</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/67" hreflang="en">Christy Wolfe</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Publication Type</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/75" hreflang="en">Report</a></div> </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/85" hreflang="en">charter school funding</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/80" hreflang="en">facilities funding</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 01 Mar 2018 22:12:48 +0000 joshuakearns 8564 at https://www.publiccharters.org National Alliance Applauds Texas Legislature, Governor for Giving Public Charter School Students Facilities Funding https://www.publiccharters.org/press/national-alliance-applauds-texas-legislature-governor-giving-public-charter-school-students-facilities-funding <span>National Alliance Applauds Texas Legislature, Governor for Giving Public Charter School Students Facilities Funding</span> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span>Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:59</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="2017-08-16T12:00:00Z">August 16, 2017</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>WASHINGTON, D.C.-</strong>Texas Governor Greg Abbott today signed into law the school finance bill HB 21, which will for the first time give Texas public school students who attend charter schools direct support from the state for facilities funding. The new law will direct $60 million in relief to public charter schoolshelping to keep instructional funds in the classroom for students, and lessening the detrimental impact of these dollars going towards the rent or mortgage.</p> <p>In response to the signing of HB 21 into law, National Alliance President and CEO Nina Rees has released the following statement:</p> <p>"The signing of HB 21 is a victory for public school students who attend charter schools in Texas, and a significant step towards educational equity in the Lone Star State. When Texas first passed its charter school law 22 years ago, only operational funds were allotted to charter schools resulting in a current funding gap of about $1<span>,</span>400 less per charter school student as compared to their district peers. We applaud the Texas legislature and Governor Abbott for putting students first, and not standing for inequity based on the type of public school a student attends.</p> <p>"There are nearly 273,000 students attending public charter schools in Texas, and 141,000 more on a charter school waiting list. <a href="/press/texas-public-charter-school-students-display-significant-academic-gains/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">This demand reflects the high levels of academic achievement Texas charter schools are helping their students achieve</a>.</p> <p>"A <a href="https://credo.stanford.edu/pdfs/Texas%202017.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank">new study</a> from Stanford University's Center for Research on Educational Outcomes (<a href="https://credo.stanford.edu/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">CREDO</a>) finds that on average, public charter school students in Texas experience stronger annual growth in reading (gaining an additional 17 days of learning) and similar growth in math compared to the educational gains of their matched peers who enroll in the district schools the charter school students would otherwise have attended. Texas charter students from low-income backgrounds also fare better than their district peers in both reading and math, as do some low-income students of color.</p> <p>"Regardless of income, a students academic growth gets stronger the longer they attend a charter school: in the second year of enrollment, a Texas charter school student gains an additional 23 days of learning in reading and 40 days of learning in math compared to their district counterparts. The third year continues this trend with charter school students achieving their strongest growth, gaining an additional 40 days of learning in reading and 46 days of learning in math."</p> <p><strong>About Public Charter Schools</strong><br /> Public 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.</p> <p><strong>About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools</strong><br /> 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 sector. For more information, please visit <a href="http://info.publiccharters.org/e1t/c/*W7CKcqn79bp0-W5CfFYF6G1HwL0/*W3hlj326VvY7tVHlbpQ3qjLzB0/5/f18dQhb0S5ft8XJ8yvW7rrfyB6ghkRDVWs4R057Y-gFW5r8vy28yym7NW5yMlsd1qMdD0W1rMdJ85tfJPyW8DrM3Q81gM8-N7d-tJnQJ99nN8tsYfGggqZjW6gprzF8W2c9WW32CQ2l8jxMNSW1VwV0k3HbcNkW1SdKWJ32j3_JW1DqqT31BqcjBW6tFWwt7zLV65W2NnQ5K4bQW_qW6c41L61zZhWSW1F7hMn8QrF2LW1vtSyS6JshZyW7sRykG8XQnbYN1NhsDDp1XBwW2Kqz2_7lcbv6VpCPDB8Vp4Y7W2MBwKj1YXN7ZW47yzq77m7Tn0N4fhNQFvdXVLW4mpyJR4-qyM-W206vn556Cx_rW4frZjc2F-PrSW1VcqcW50JM13W2Pz0Cn24KyPmW7SPnSm4M1133W4H_8kr2NhQkrW1M7jM07GTWFhW76W1Qj1wlbN3W5cx9vc44lrc1W8Lpypx4LnTMLW2hNCf_9kjxvSW8n96cP2kyKnMW5V9WFR3f5_rbVFHJQ32bpbHM0" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">www.publiccharters.org</a><a href="http://info.publiccharters.org/e1t/c/*W7CKcqn79bp0-W5CfFYF6G1HwL0/*W7zj0XQ4LKLskV_V1JX2Btj6J0/5/f18dQhb0S1Wb2RhFmhV11YK52FBmfrW2HtRN67FrV6JW6pfhC83RQYP6VPh9HL1VSt0FW2CyMQ729f0Q5W8b4QQ22BdpB5M6PT3cgNJ81W5LHS8z1rDvMzW5P2MMY16CT5jW4NdHSG7Fh04jVS8YPR89pwW5W20Hj643l3Wk6VHyZql73qPMYV-sTZ75ZYMlJW7xK2d86Tn0CrW72NBXg54JxJ3N7FCxZvpKJ3lW6bTN8f8l-MX0W8tcWVF284pGcW4DD76H3-FRfxN1K_T4BNtqjNW51C0C94W0c0dW34gz_36Ddx8kW6k0C1464FKxfVMKvJB4F2ZD9W4hZ2pV3Fyw98W60d1CS5bl2hRW8q89Md53-bHQW1xLJgM4CVDz7N8kMy5DH-FcHW7pGCX53m6pWMW5JJ7yN3QV-JjW7Pw-xX5yv1q-W3fnqsn6zLpXdN2QhjDyg5C8kW1mtvn792-vWcW2L6XGl6Kth40W66FgXT2VcDykW5rLbQ46CjSLvW4lBmxH1n3WRjW8WbN9b6Txtg9W9hFrCL817RgfW181BJF9fcJbqW5cH_nB6KW6W3W8s68HW4CzLRPN996HFBYNn32W2dSmx24NftKqW5BFjcz5KFpfF111">.</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/115" hreflang="en">Texas</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/78" hreflang="en">state policy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/80" hreflang="en">facilities funding</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/85" hreflang="en">charter school funding</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/101" hreflang="en">CREDO</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/96" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:59:10 +0000 Anonymous 332 at https://www.publiccharters.org Colorado Passes Historic Bill Granting Charter Public School Students Equitable Access to Local Funding Stream https://www.publiccharters.org/press/colorado-passes-historic-bill-granting-charter-public-school-students-equitable-access-local-funding <span>Colorado Passes Historic Bill Granting Charter Public School Students Equitable Access to Local Funding Stream</span> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span>Wed, 05/10/2017 - 14:19</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="2017-05-10T12:00:00Z">May 10, 2017</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Today, the Colorado General Assembly passed historic legislation, HB1375, which grants charter public school students equitable access to local tax dollars raised through mill levy overrides for the first time in any state. Todd Ziebarth, National Alliance Senior Vice President of State Advocacy and Support, has released the following statement:</p> <p>"HB1375 is a victory for Colorados charter school students and families. It serves asan example of equitable local funding that should be replicated across the country. In too many states and districts, charter school students are not funded, or treated, equally to their district school peers.</p> <p>"A new study from the <a href="http://www.uaedreform.org/downloads/2017/05/inequity-in-the-city.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">University of Arkansas</a> finds that public charter schools across the country receive an average of $5,721 less per-pupil than district public schools, which represents a funding gap of 29 percent. In Colorado, this charter school funding gap is estimated at 21 percent. Charter schools in eight urban districts with large charter enrollment receive $0 in local funding.</p> <p>"Currently, in Colorado, school districts are not required to share local mill levy override dollars with their charter public schools. This inequityhas resulted in an approximately $34 million funding disparity between the states districtpublic schools and charter public schools.This inequity is shameful.</p> <p>"I am pleased to see Colorado with support from the Colorado League of Charter Schools leading the way in the equitable distribution of local tax dollars. HB1375 brings us one step closer to ensuring charter school students receive the full support of their local communities."</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/141" hreflang="en">Colorado</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/78" hreflang="en">state policy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/85" hreflang="en">charter school funding</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/109" hreflang="en">Todd Ziebarth</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 10 May 2017 18:19:52 +0000 Anonymous 321 at https://www.publiccharters.org