April 1, 2014
AFT's Weingarten on the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act
Washington—Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act introduced by Reps. John Kline (R-Minn.) and George Miller (D-Calif).
"Our first responsibility is to ensure every child has access to a high-quality education that enables them to achieve their dreams. Publicly financed charter schools have a place in a public education system, but they must be held to the same standards of accountability, equitable access and transparency as public schools. While the Miller-Kline bill includes some improvements over current law in that regard, it can be strengthened to ensure that those standards are met—and to ensure that, rather than charters and traditional public schools competing with each other, they operate to help all kids get a shot at success."
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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.