U.S. House passes charter school legislation
Date Posted: 5/09/2014
The U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution (HR) 10 today in a 360-45 vote. Members considered 11 amendments to the bill and adopted eight, each with a significant number of members supporting passage. The bill, known as The Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act, would consolidate two federal charter school programs and allocate $300 million in competitive grant funding for states to open, expand, house and replicate charter schools. The eight adopted amendments were authored by both Republicans and Democrats and received bipartisan support. Among those adopted was an amendment to ensure that the collection and public dissemination of certain information that assists parents in making informed decisions about education options for their children. Additional amendments adopted include:
- Reporting requirements to ensure the sharing of best practices.
- Reporting requirements on states' efforts to assist charter schools in fostering community involvement.
- Requiring of the Secretary of Education to add comprehensive career counseling to the criteria considered when prioritizing grants to school districts.
- Ensuring that no unnecessary barriers for foster youth in charter school enrollment, and the inclusion and retention of all students regardless of parent involvement.
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