Charter schools are playing an important role in improving the quality of classrooms for students of all backgrounds, including students with disabilities. And while there are unfortunately some ill-intended for-profit companies that are simply out to exploit the system for their own financial gain, we cannot let that take away from all of the good charter schools are doing for communities all over the country. Taxpayers do not pay taxes to see school leaders make millions of dollars off of public education, they want dollars to reach students in the classroom. We commend California for setting the example for other states by creating legislation that would prohibit for-profit corporations from managing and operating charter schools. We strongly encourage the Governor to sign this bill and for other states to follow so that we can eliminate the bad actors and build on the successful charter school models that so many parents support.
“The billions of dollars in proposed cuts to the education budget is troubling, particularly when services and supports for students with disabilities are already significantly under-funded.
We need to increase recruitment and training of teachers for students with disabilities and increase IDEA funding levels. The proposed budget cuts do neither.
“And while we are pleased to see that charter school programs are a priority, it is critical that any investments in school choice ensure that these programs support students with disabilities and rights conveyed by IDEA.”