NSBA’s Position on Charter Schools

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Houston ISD/Dave Einsel:

NSBA Supports Charter Schools Authorized by Local School Boards

NSBA supports charter schools that are authorized by the school boards in their local communities. The local school board should determine accountability requirements.

Local school boards should have the exclusive authority to certify or decertify the charter of any school that fails to meet state or local school district regulations or rules.

NSBA believes that charter schools should have to abide by the same laws that apply to public schools, including laws on:

  • environment
  • labor
  • eue process
  • fiscal accountability
  • civil rights
  • standard and assessments

Any new state legislation should address any inconsistencies among requirements for charter schools and other traditional public schools.

What You Can Do

Local school board members can help local, state, and federal governments make sound policy decisions governing charter schools by taking action.

  1. Write a letter to your Representative and Senators. Recruit at least two other school board members to do the same. Use NSBA’s Legislative Action Center to find your elected officials by zip code.
  2. Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper discussing whether and how charter schools may be a good fit in your community. You can use the talking points on charter schools as a guide.
  3. Encourage your local school board members to contact their members of Congress and ask them to include equitable treatment for charter and public schools in future legislation. Here’s how to contact your Representatives and Senators.
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