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2009 - Federal Focus on Charter Schools

2009 - Federal Focus on Charter Schools

President Barack Obama

 

    President Obama's Endorsement




"We will expand our commitment to charter schools."
President Barack Obama in a speech to Congress

"One of the places where much of that innovation occurs is in our most effective charter schools,"

The Presidents Inaugural Address.....

"That leads me to the fourth part of America’s education strategy – promoting innovation and excellence in America’s schools. One of the places where much of that innovation occurs is in our most effective charter schools. These are public schools founded by parents, teachers, and civic or community organizations with broad leeway to innovate – schools I supported as a state legislator and United States Senator.

Right now, there are caps on how many charter schools are allowed in some states, no matter how well they are preparing our students. That isn’t good for our children, our economy, or our country. Of course, any expansion of charter schools must not result in the spread of mediocrity, but in the advancement of excellence. That will require states adopting both a rigorous selection and review process to ensure that a charter school’s autonomy is coupled with greater accountability – as well as a strategy, like the one in Chicago, to close charter schools that are not working. Provided this greater accountability, I call on states to reform their charter rules, and lift caps on the number of allowable charter schools, wherever such caps are in place."
   

 


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