It's up to the Senate to make sure that public education for all students is a top priority—they will soon make critical decisions on education funding and funding for the Charter Schools Program is at risk.
All public school students—at district and charter schools—deserve equal support from their elected officials. And all public school teachers and leaders—at district and charter schools—deserve respect for their work. These schools hold our children and their futures, and they need us to speak up for them right now.
Charter schools are public, tuition-free schools that are open to all students. Often operated independently from the traditional school district, charter schools provide high-quality instruction from teachers who have the autonomy to design a classroom that fits their students' needs. They are led by dynamic principals who have the flexibility to create a school culture that fosters student performance and parent satisfaction.
Each of the more than 7,000 charter schools is unique – both inside and out. Some may focus on college prep, some follow a Montessori curriculum, and others integrate the arts into each subject. Some charter schools require uniforms, others have longer school days, and some teach their entire curriculum in two languages. The possibilities are endless, but charter schools aim to provide a range of options so that parents can choose the school that best fits their child.
Charter schools enjoy widespread support from parents, teachers, community leaders, and both Republican and Democrat elected officials across the country. Pitbull, Meryl Streep, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Andre Agassi, Viola Davis, and Deion Sanders are just a few of the biggest names in the charter school movement.