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 studentâ€™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.
S.1083 – All-STAR Act of 2013
I oppose reforming current charter school policy and wish to defeat S.1083
I support awarding renewable competitive grants to successful public charter schools to allow such schools to expand or replicate to serve additional students, including serving or planning to serve a large percentage of low-income students from public schools with low-graduation rates, schools identified as needing improvement, corrective action or restructuring, and wish to identify a legislator who will either reintroduce S.1083 – All-STAR Act of 2013 (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof