The Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act passed the House with strong bipartisan support this week, and Congressman Boehner is urging the president and Senate Democrats to take up this bill as soon as possible, so we can get critical tools and resources into the hands of parents and teachers at our local charter schools.
Here’s what our local charter schools are saying about this important step we’re taking in the U.S. House to expand education opportunity:
- “As one of Ohio’s largest charter school authorizers, the Ohio Council of Community Schools (OCCS) applauds Congressman Boehner’s support for charter schools and his role in moving forward federal legislation that would expand access to high-quality models here in the Buckeye State.
“The Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act would support states in providing facilities aid to charter schools, which is critical for the replication and expansion of high-quality charter school networks. Our authorized schools often struggle to find suitable facilities; Ohio is one of many states that does not allocate facilities funding for charter schools and many traditional districts lack incentives to share unused space. We are hopeful that with this bipartisan legislation, the tide will start turning and traditional public schools and public charter schools can find opportunities to collaborate on behalf of students.” –Dr. Darlene Chambers, Executive Director of the Ohio Council of Community Schools
- “High quality public charter schools play an important role in our area because they often serve children in the most challenged communities and prepare our young people for college or a career, take the Dayton Early College Academy (DECA), for example. The Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act contains key legislative improvements that would make it easier for successful schools like DECA to serve more students.” – Kathryn Mullen Upton, Vice President for Sponsorship and Dayton Initiatives, the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation.
- “Everyone shares an innate desire to give our children the best opportunities that we can, and that’s what makes support of charter schools a bipartisan movement. It’s something all sides can take credit for.
“The Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter School Act will allow authorizers to once again consider innovation and not just funding in their applications. This bill would help solve the one problem that more than any other causes schools to fail: A lack of fair access to good school buildings.” –Dave Cash, president, Charter School Specialists