"We need federal support for all schools, for all kids, not just kids in 'choice' schools," said Charter School CEOs in a joint statement published in USA Today. The article was written in response to the "skinny budget" the White House released earlier this month, which offered $168 million in new funds for charter schools but also cut critical programs impacting all public schools such as Pell Grants and AmeriCorps.
"We are charter school organizations from all across the country, including: Achievement First, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, Aspire Public Schools, Breakthrough Schools, Brooke Charter Schools, Blackstone Valley Prep, Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, DC Prep, DSST, Green Dot Public Schools, IDEA Public Schools, KIPP, RePublic Schools, Rocketship Education, STRIVE Prep, Summit Public Schools, Uncommon Schools, Uplift Education and YES Prep Public Schools.
We realize that expressing concerns about a budget that benefits our schools might seem counterintuitive. But we want to join with all those who are fighting to defend public education as an essential pillar of our democracy. We will ask Republicans and Democrats alike to reject these proposed cuts. And we will double down in our commitment to teaching our students to value hard work, compassion and caring for the greater good, as they develop into the future leaders our country needs."
Read the full response.