We believe in funding students.
Every child in the state attending a public school, regardless of zip code, should be funded equitably. Currently, charter public schools receive on average $1,400 less than traditional public schools, yet serve some of the most challenged demographic of students. Our specific priorities include:
- Prioritization of the foundation grant and elimination of discretionary categorical funding: We believe that at least 90% of the state per-pupil allocation should go to the school without specific categorical limitations on how those funds can be used.
- Differentiated funding strategy: Given the unique nature of student needs based on research supported triggers such as poverty, special needs, or accelerated learning, funding strategies must account for the varying cost of education for these students.
We strive to empower educators.
In order for true innovation to occur, regulatory flexibility is necessary. Charter schools have and believe in high standards for quality and accountability for achieving outcomes. However, the sandbox for innovation must be drawn wider to allow true reform that will lead to greater student achievement. This includes:
- Removing barriers that hinder schools from operating a unique program (i.e. seat time, common calendar, and post-Labor Day start).
- Allowing for the use of recognized experts as part-time, non-certified, non-tenured instructors in content areas where they demonstrate a high level of competency.