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Winning Issue » CHARTER SCHOOLS


Charter schools are schools which receive public funding but operate under a contract, or charter, with a state. Charter schools are operated by private education companies, educators and parents. They are independent of school districts, choosing their own curriculum and teachers. When students transfer to charter schools, their local school districts send the departing student’s funding allocation to the charter school. Opponents say this has the effect of draining the district's resources for the remaining students. They claim some cities and states even allow charter schools to use public school facilities, further reducing resources for public school students. Supporters claim student transfers, and the threat of transfer, force underachieving schools to improve or risk closure. The charter school program is now more than 20 years old and there are now about 5,000 charter schools enrolling about 1.6 million American children in 40 states. Studies have found urban charter schools tend to outperform local school districts at the elementary and middle school levels. However, suburban charter high schools have not shown an increase in academic performance over public high schools.


Pending Legislation:
S.102 - 21st Century Charter School Act




Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current charter school policy and wish to defeat S.102 - 21st Century Charter School Act, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support making private and public nonprofit entities eligible for charter school program grants; allowing grantees to award sub-grants to charter school developers or nonprofit charter support organizations and award them multiple grants to support multiple campuses of a public charter school; requiring states to give public charter schools funding commensurate with that provided to other public schools, without cap on such schools, and giving the schools a high degree of autonomy; requiring each public charter school participating in the program to have an independent governing board that enters into a performance-based agreement with an authorized public chartering agency (1) how student performance will be measured pursuant to the state assessments required of other schools, and (2) the criteria for renewal or revocation of their charter. Prohibits such schools from giving admissions preference to any student on the basis of prior academic achievement, and wish to pass S.102 - 21st Century Charter School Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN) and/or Sen. David Vitter (LA), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support making private and public nonprofit entities eligible for charter school program grants; allowing grantees to award sub-grants to charter school developers or nonprofit charter support organizations and award them multiple grants to support multiple campuses of a public charter school; requiring states to give public charter schools funding commensurate with that provided to other public schools, without cap on such schools, and giving the schools a high degree of autonomy; requiring each public charter school participating in the program to have an independent governing board that enters into a performance-based agreement with an authorized public chartering agency (1) how student performance will be measured pursuant to the state assessments required of other schools, and (2) the criteria for renewal or revocation of their charter. Prohibits such schools from giving admissions preference to any student on the basis of prior academic achievement, and wish to pass S.102 - 21st Century Charter School Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN) and/or Sen. David Vitter (LA), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
April 2, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
April 15, 2020
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April 9, 2020


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