In response to President Trump’s recently announced FY2018 budget, which includes a $168 million increase for charter schools, NACSA President and CEO Greg Richmond released the following statement:
“We support and appreciate an increase in federal funding for charter schools. All families deserve the opportunity to choose a school that best meets the needs of their children. However, we are deeply concerned about proposed cuts to other important education programs, as charter schools are part of—not a substitute for—a strong public education system. Charter schools cannot succeed without strong teachers and a seamless, affordable path to college for their graduates. Unfortunately, this proposed budget harms programs that are important for students, teachers, and public education. We look forward to working with Congress to finds ways to support both charter schools and all of public education.”
The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) is an independent voice for effective charter school policy and thoughtful charter authorizing practices that lead to more great public schools. Our research, policy, and consultation work advances excellence and accountability in the charter school sector. With authorizers and other partners, we have built the gold standard for charter school authorizing. Through smart charter school growth, these authorizers will give hundreds of thousands of children an opportunity for a better education each year. More at www.qualitycharters.org.