Update on congressional legislation threatening charter funding

By October 19, 2021 News
We wanted to provide you with an update on H.R. 4502. You may recall that the U.S. House of Representatives passed this legislation over the summer, and it includes a provision that threatens federal funding for charter schools. For a refresher on H.R. 4502, see the Charter Chatter we sent out at the end of July.

The latest on H.R. 4502 and arguments about “for-profit” charters

The bill was sent to the U.S. Senate in August. It has not moved since that time. Meanwhile, charter advocates are continuing to push back on “for-profit” arguments about charter schools, noting that they are misleading and must stop.
Read an excellent new op-ed from Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. She notes:

“Charter schools are always public schools and prioritize the learning needs of every student. As such, we take exception to the term ‘for-profit’ charter schools. It is misleading …

Many have questioned whether a public charter school that contracts with a management company should receive federal funding. The answer is clear: Charter school students are public school students and deserve fair access to federally funded programs intended to support them.”