A good education has the ability to change the trajectory of a child’s future – it is the foundation of a better life. For an educational system to truly foster more opportunity, decisions must be based on the individual student.
Charter schools foster innovation by removing unnecessary red tape and putting decision making back into the hands of those who know their students best – teachers, parents, and local officials.
In the United States, there are 2,280,627 students enrolled in 6,004 charter schools. In the past 10 years, there has been a 118% charter school increase – and the demand is growing. Right now, there are more than 1 million students on waitlists across America.
To help meet demand, Republicans and Democrats have joined together to advance the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act (H.R. 10).
This commonsense legislation will strengthen existing charter schools by promoting states’ efforts to develop and expand these institutions. H.R. 10 will also replicate successful schools, already in place, creating the necessary facilities American students need to excel.
Educational opportunity should be available to all Americans, regardless of zip code. Charter schools have the ability to reach populations that are often at a disadvantage in larger public schools. Students with disabilities, first-time English learners, and at-risk students thrive in charter schools.
We must invest in our future leaders to build an America that works. The Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act will improve opportunities for millions of children throughout the country.
Education and Workforce Committee Chairman, John Kline (R-MN) goes through flash cards with charter school students in Minnesota.
Rep. Luke Messer (R-MN) sits with students in a Minnesota Charter School.