Landrieu Introduces Bill To Improve Quality Of Charter Schools
WASHINGTON – United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today introduced the Charter School Quality Act of 2011, which aims to improve charter school quality through more rigorous charter school authorizing standards and practices. Joining Sen. Landrieu in sponsoring this legislation are Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Thomas Carper, D-Del., Christopher Coons, D-Del., R
ichard Durbin, D-Ill., Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn
. Additionally, this bill is endorsed by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS).
The Charter School Quality Act provides a critical focus on quality control for the charter school sector. It amends the federal Public Charter Schools Program, authorized in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, to strengthen charter school quality by prioritizing that states ensure their charter school authorizers follow standards reflecting research-based best practices; evaluate the effectiveness of their charter school authorizers; and require that student academic achievement be a primary factor in charter school approval, renewal, and revocation decisions.