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Letter to the House Education and the Workforce Committee on Charter Schools

May 31, 2011

Dear Representative:

The National Education Association, representing 3.2 million educators across the nation, would like to share with you our latest policy brief, “Strengthening Charter School Policies.”  We hope this information will be useful to you in advance of this week’s hearing in the Committee on Education and the Workforce on “Education Reforms: Exploring the Vital Role of Charter Schools.”

NEA supports high-quality charter schools that: operate in a manner that is transparent and accountable to parents and taxpayers; do not increase segregation by family income, ethnicity, or race; and solicit and benefit from input from parents, school staff, and the communities they serve.  Educators are leading the charge for true innovation in our nation’s schools, and public charter schools that operate in a transparent, accountable manner can contribute to that goal.  Strengthening charter school policies as outlined in the attached brief will benefit students, families, taxpayers, and the charter schools themselves.

We hope the enclosed policy brief will be useful to you as Congress moves forward on these critical issues.  Thank you for your attention to this important information.


Kim Anderson        
Director of Government Relations

Mary Kusler
Manager of Federal Advocacy