Please contact your Senators now and ask them to OPPOSE this Charter School Expansion Bill!
SB292 will be placed on the Senate calendar and will be debated by the Senate tomorrow.
**ACTION NEEDED: PLEASE CALL OR E-MAIL** and urge your State Senators to oppose the charter school expansion bills.
National and Missouri PTA do recognize and support charter schools when they are public and have to meet all the same evaluation standards that a non-charter public schools must meet. However, Missouri PTA opposes these bills based on the fact that it is allowing the charter schools to be sponsored by entities other than local Public School Board and expands their operation state-wide.
SB 292 Letter:Dear Senator,
As a community we prioritize the education standards of our kids. We have evaluation standards that must be met for public schools to remain accredited. SB 292 allows for the formation of charter schools in any district in the state. Under this bill, these schools could be controlled by non-public organizations and sponsored by outside entities. These schools would not have to be held to the same evaluation standards non-charter public schools are held. This would allow for the potential for children to not have the quality of education they receive in Missouri public schools. Missouri PTA is not against charter schools when they are under the control nonprofit organizations not affiliated with non-public sectarian, religious, or home-based school organizations of the local school district with the same standards as public schools. SB 292 fails to meet this requirement.
Please oppose SB 292.
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Vice President & Director of Legislation and Advocacy