WASHINGTON, D.C. | May 8, 2014
The House of Representatives is currently debating the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act (H.R. 10), legislation to bolster local charter school initiatives, aid the expansion and replication of successful charter school models, and improve charter school accessibility for some of the country’s most disadvantaged students.
Moments ago, House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) highlighted the benefits of charter schools, and described how H.R. 10 will help more students and their families access these innovative institutions.
Charter schools have a proven track record of success, encouraging higher academic achievement in even the most troubled school districts. I recently had the opportunity to visit two impressive charter schools in my home state of Minnesota. At both of the schools, without exception, students were engaged, excited, and eager to learn.
I know firsthand this is not a trend unique to charter schools in Minnesota. In fact, each time I visit quality charter schools, whether here in Washington, D.C. or in Prior Lake, Minnesota or even Harlem, New York, I’ve been amazed by the creative curriculum, the outstanding educators, and the students’ incredible progress.
Clearly, these institutions are a valuable part of a successful education system. However, the federal Charter School Program is in need of key reforms to enhance access and ensure continued educational quality. That’s why I partnered with my colleague, the Senior Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, to advance the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act.
To read Chairman Kline’s full remarks, click here. To learn more about the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act, visit edworkforce.house.gov/qualitycharters/
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