Sen. Scott, Colleagues Request Support for Charter School Program

Washington, D.C. – As a fervent supporter of school choice, Sen. Scott joined several of his colleagues this week to send a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies requesting they continue to support the Charter School Program.

Charters schools have served as successful educational institutions for millions of students, especially for minorities and children who come from financially challenged households. As it is noted in the letter, during the 2016-2017 school year public charter schools educated more than 3.1 million students in over 6,900 schools, and over half of the students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.

Numerous studies have also proven the success children and families have found by choosing charter schools. A 2015 report by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University showed charter schools in our nation’s largest urban cities have resulted in substantial performance improvements for the most at-risk students.

In the letter, the senators wrote: “Charter schools have allowed parents to choose a high-quality educational environment for their child regardless of income or geographic location. The unique educational experiences many charter schools provide help level the playing field and ensure more children have a chance to achieve the American dream.”

You can view full text of the letter here.