National Alliance Releases ESEA Reauthorization Recommendations
June 24, 2013
The National Alliance for Public Schools is pleased to release Free to Succeed: Public Charter Schools and the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This paper, based on interviews and discussions with prominent public charter school stakeholders, outlines the key priorities of the charter school sector as Congress gears up for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
In order for the public charter sector to grow and continue to produce results through innovation, the National Alliance believes that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) should significantly expand support for both the creation of new charter schools and the replication and expansion of successful charter schools. At the same time, ESEA reauthorization presents an opportunity to encourage innovation on a national scale, and to roll back encroachment on charter school freedoms that threaten to stifle student outcomes.
Unlike the last time reauthorization took place in 2001, public charter schools are no longer an educational experiment: it is a 20-year-old sector that, according to the most recent research, is improving educational outcomes across the country. A reauthorized ESEA needs to ensure that federal funds for charter schools encourage the creation of high-quality schools, while at the same time, protect the freedom of charters to innovate by making the following changes:
1. Expanding and reforming the Charter Schools Program, including authorization of grants for the replication and expansion of high quality charter schools
2. Recognizing success and implementing consequences for failing charter schools
3. Encouraging innovation and eliminating unnecessary regulations
4. Ensuring equitable treatment and funding of public charter schools in federal programs
We look forward to working with the charter school community on these proposals.