I want to take this opportunity to explain a legislative proposal I introduced as an amendment to SB 738 that I think will improve scholastic outcomes for our students. Click here to read the amendment.
There has been some misunderstanding about this legislation so I am pleased to have this opportunity to provide you additional information and clarification. I have also attached a copy of the amendment so you can read it yourself.
My goal is to empower parents to turn unacceptable campuses or schools located in an unacceptable district into high-performing, innovative and creative learning environments for our children. Under the amendment, if a majority of parents sign a petition they may turn the school into a charter school. The amendment is limited to a maximum of five schools in the state, large urban school districts, and high-performing charter operators with a successful track record. The school district would have authority to select the charter operator, which would receive a three year contract.
Under current law, it takes almost five years before a campus can be redirected. That is a child's entire elementary school education. This amendment allows parents to initiate a change after two years of being academically unacceptable. It is an opportunity, not a barrier, to turning local schools around.
I appreciate your interest in education policy. I will continue to work with teachers, parents and others to provide children with the education they deserve.
Please contact my office if you have any other questions or concerns.