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The Network for Public Education has been blowing the whistle on the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) for two years. As Congress builds the 2022 federal budget, we have an opportunity to enact real change on a program that has been asleep at the wheel for far too long.

We’ve been working with members of Congress to call for reductions in funding and greater oversight of CSP–including an end to funding for charters run by for-profits. 

Representatives Mark Pocan and Jamaal Bowman have drafted a “Dear Colleague” letter that asks members of Congress to support a reduction in funding, greater oversight, and an end to CSP money going to charters run by for-profits.

Ask your member of Congress to sign on to their Dear Colleague letter now.

It is time for less federal funding of new charter schools. And it is time for reform. And it is certainly time for the federal government to stop enriching the for-profits like K12, Pearson, and National Heritage Academy, to name a few.

After you send your email here, pick up the phone and make a call.

“My name is [your name], and I am asking that the Congressman/Congresswoman sign on to the letter to Secretary Cardona sponsored by Representatives Bowman and Pocan that asks for Charter School Program Oversight and Reform. I hope I can count on (Representative’s name) to make sure that federal charter schools’ grants are not indirectly funding for-profit companies. Will [the Representative’s name] be signing that letter?”

Please act today.

Do privatizers have a game plan to destroy public schools? You bet they do. Read what a former lobbyist had to say in Carol Burris’s latest for the Answer Sheet.