Protect Public Education Against the Charter Industry
As a constituent who cares deeply about quality public education, I urge you to support increased transparency and accountability of the charter industry.
New York State should enact critical reforms to make charter management operators more transparent and accountable to taxpayers and the public. These reforms should establish the ability to:
It should also be noted that charter operators do not elect independent school board members; instead, they identify and appoint their own board members, with no public vote. Documents have shown some charter founders sit on multiple charter boards, refer business to companies they control and resist the accountability and disclosure required of traditional public schools. New York State laws should prohibit these practices.
We all have much to gain from reforming the charter industry to ensure that all charter operators are transparent in reporting their finances and are held accountable for admitting, serving and treating all students fairly. New York State should impose accountability and transparency standards on the charter industry that are consistent with the accountability and transparency standards imposed upon traditional public schools, in order to ensure they are prioritizing students over profits.
Absent these same oversight protections that are in place for traditional public schools, the state should not expand the number of charter schools.
Thank you for your consideration of this very important issue. I respectfully ask that you bring up this issue with your conference and I would greatly appreciate a response to this letter.
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