#StudentSuccessAct Expands the Promise of America’s High-Quality Charter Schools
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 4, 2015
This week marks National Charter Schools Week, when parents, students, educators, advocates, and policymakers recognize the successes of the charter school movement.
Twenty-three years ago, parents, teachers, and state and local leaders joined together to launch a new kind of public school – a charter school – that would promote parental choice, foster innovation, and ensure a high level of accountability. Today, there are approximately 6,700 charter schools serving nearly 3 million students across forty-three states and the District of Columbia.
Unfortunately, current federal policies hinder the ability of families to access quality charter schools.
As a result, the demand for these schools far outpaces the supply. Currently, more than one million names are on charter school wait lists.
The Student Success Act includes reforms that will help ensure these children are no longer names on wait lists, but students in quality classrooms. These reforms – which have enjoyed broad, bipartisan support – will improve and expand educational options for families by:
As we reflect on the success of the charter school movement, let’s also reaffirm our commitment to helping every child access an excellent education by expanding the promise of America’s high-quality charter schools.
To learn more about the Student Success Act, click here.
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