Charters will not come to this area. Charters will be “innovative” because they will be free from those laws and regulations. Villegas. “In this hard financial situation and without other revenue options clearly on the horizon, this legislation would impose common sense reform to protect students”. Essentially, they are saying their work is faulty and they want to wipe the slate clean for some schools, but not all.

Their agenda is being promoted both on the national level – our new secretary of education is a big supporter of charter schools – and now here in Nebraska and in the legislatures of other states. It shouldn’t matter what type of school a student attends, so long as the school is the right fit for that student.

At the same time, we reject the burgeoning idea that charter schools would be better if forced to follow all the same rules as traditional public schools.

MYTH No. 3: Kentucky schools are “failing” because they have not successfully closed achievement gaps for specific students. HB 3567 would put a moratorium on charter expansion in districts labeled “financial early warning” or “financial watch”, the two lowest tiers. In some of those places, charters have been operating for more than 20 years. In fact, it’s part of the reason the Detroit Public School system is in complete shambles. At PS 65, more than 26 percent of the students have special needs, with almost 11 percent having needs so serious that they are educated in self-contained classrooms.

In other words, this is one of the most transparent bills in the nation. Then later it says, “An application shall demonstrate a plan to recruit at least one hundred students, unless the application is focused on serving special needs or at-risk students”. She has since visited a Catholic school and a community college in Florida, and a traditional public school in the D.C. suburb of Bethesda, Md. That’s just not true.

According to the Washington Post, President Donald Trump’s budget plan calls for investing an additional $1.4 billion in school choice programs, including $250 million in a new initiative to provide public money for students to attend private schools. Homeschooled and private school students are not now counted in the public school population. Essential services and vital programs would likely be cut in the name of making school choice the law of the land.

“For better or for worse, Secretary DeVos has become the personification of the charter movement in the eyes of the general public”. At PS 65, 48 percent of the students are chronically absent, while at the Academic Leadership Charter School, 16 percent are.

MYTH No. 6: Even if public schools lose funding, they will have fewer students to serve, so they won’t need as much money. Currently, school transportation across the state is already funded at only 50% of the required amount.

Legislation to ease access to buildings and money for charter schools was approved late Thursday after a failed attempt to merge it with a school grant program as the legislative session neared its final hour.

Alleging that the public education system in the U.S. is irretrievably broken, DeVos said she would find it hard to believe that student scores “could get a lot worse on a nationwide basis than they are today”.