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March 6, 2015

Charter schools are working

Did you know that, right now, the waiting list to get into charter schools has about a million names on it?

I’m not surprised at all – charter schools work.

In our area, it’s the parents and educators at charter schools like Richard Allen Academy and Springfield Academy of Excellence who work tirelessly to make sure every one of our kids has a fair shot at a good education – which is critical to building a stronger economy.

And they need our support.

If the Washington, D.C.-based education establishment would get out of our way and let us replicate the successful charter schools programs in this country, we could get kids off of waiting lists and into classrooms.  In the U.S. House, we recently passed the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act – a bipartisan bill that will help.

The Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act puts more tools and resources into the hands of our parents and teachers.  I’ve heard from a number of our local charter schools on this, and they are rallying support for the bill’s key legislative improvements that would make it easier for successful charter schools to serve more students and expand to new communities.

These are good reforms that passed the House with strong, bipartisan support, and I hope the Senate will take it up and send it to the president’s desk as soon as possible.

As I’ve long said, providing all students – regardless of where they come from – access to a quality education is not just a moral obligation, it’s an economic imperative.  You can’t have a strong economy without preparing the next generation to fill the jobs and drive the innovations that will keep America competitive.

Charter schools are a critical part of that effort, providing parents and students more choices and more opportunities to escape underperforming schools.

We’re doing our part to expand choice in private schools, and we ought to be doing the same in public schools.

To learn more about the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act, I encourage you to visit

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