Take action: congressional bill threatens charter funding

By July 20, 2021 News
This weekend, the Coalition sent out a call to action to charter leaders across North Carolina. Here’s what we said:

A call to action

Congressional lawmakers are considering a bill that threatens federal funding for charter schools. Here’s the language in the House Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill:
“None of the funds made available by this Act or any other Act may be awarded to a charter school that contracts with a for-profit entity to operate, oversee or manage the activities of the school.” (SEC. 314)
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is urging charter supporters to act. The Alliance’s call to action for school leaders explains what this bill could mean for charter schools:
“It means that your school’s contracts—for lunch, buses, computers, cleaning, plumbing, curriculum, and just about everything else—could make you ineligible for federal funding from not just the Charter Schools Program, but also Title I, IDEA, and COVID-relief.
This language is a clear attack on our schools and our students and we must act now to ensure it does not pass.”

Learn more

  • Read a blog post with more information about the bill from Kim McCabe, Senior Director of Communications at the Alliance.
  • Read a statement from Nina Rees, President & CEO at the Alliance.

Next steps

Please follow through with the Alliance’s call to action by clicking here. However, if you have personal relationships with any members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation, please let Lindalyn know (704.231.9767; lkakadelis@nc.chartercoalition.org) so we can coordinate our strategy. Timing and messaging are very important. Find more information about North Carolina’s delegation here.
We will be watching this legislation closely and will be making our congressional delegation aware of how this affects our state. Stay tuned!