JC/DC Action Alert: HB 581

**The House version of the charter school expansion bill, HB 581, filed by Representative Rebecca Roeber (R – Lee’s Summit) is scheduled to be debated in the House tomorrow, March 6!**  It’s time to contact your Representative NOW and ask them to oppose this charter school expansion bill.

HB 581would allow charter schools to be sponsored by outside entities other than a local school board and operate in districts state-wide.

**ACTION NEEDED TODAY: PLEASE CALL OR E-MAIL** and urge your State Representatives to oppose this charter school expansion bill.

National and Missouri PTA do recognize and support charter schoolswhen 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.

HB 581Letter:

Dear Representative,

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. HB 581 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 controlnonprofit organizations not affiliated with non-public sectarian, religious, or home-based school organizationsof the local school district with the same standards as public schools. HB 581 fails to meet this requirement.

Please oppose HB 581.

Sincerely,

Your name and PTA

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