July 1, 2024 10:41 pm

Stop the Funding of Charters Run For Profit

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It’s time we got rid of for-profit chartering.

For too long, for-profit corporations have been allowed to operate in the shadows, running charter schools as facades to sweep in federal and local tax dollars and evading the mandates that say charters must be nonprofits. Whether controlling low-cost storefront schools, low-quality online schools, or leasing their own real estate to the charters they run, their intent and purpose is to cash in on kids at taxpayers’ expense.

That is why NPE strongly supports the Championing Honest and Responsible Transparency in Education Reform (CHARTER) Act introduced by Congresswomen De Lauro and Bonamici. 

Write your representative and tell them to sign on to the CHARTER Act. 

Send that letter by clicking HERE.

The CHARTER Act would ensure that every charter school is in full compliance with the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965 (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by denying federal funds to any charter school that enters into a contract with a for-profit entity to operate, oversee or manage the school. When passed, this Act will close the loophole that profiteers have exploited.

If you would like to learn more about the CHARTER Act, you can go here.

Although there is a lot more to do to bring charter schools back to their original mission as school district incubators of innovation that are led by parents and teachers, this bill is the first important step. More than 20% of all charter students attend a school run by a for-profit.

Send your letter now here.

It is time that children, not profiteering, come first.