National School Choice Week
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January 27, 2015
Statehouse - Columbia
Advocacy in Action
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE JUNE 2014
• The budget is on its way to the Governor for vetoes. We do not expect any major changes at this point. For your FY2015 budgets, there are many scenarios at play due to the changes.
• View Appropriations Bill as passed by the General Assembly.
New per pupil weights are in place. For the current fiscal year, the pupil classification weightings are:
Transition funds are in place for schools losing funds based on the new weights (except for a prorated amount for the school in Georgetown). SCDE will be providing guidance on computing these amounts in the coming weeks. It is our understanding that these funds will not be issued until after the 135 day counts are in and computed.
Funding for South Carolina Public Charter School District (SCPCSD) students will be base plus funds allocated in 1A.69. Pupils enrolled in virtual charter schools by the SCPCSD or institutions of higher education shall receive $1,900 per weighted pupil and pupils enrolled in brick and mortar charter schools sponsored by the SCPCSD or institutions of higher education shall receive $3,600 per weighted pupil.
There will be new technology and reading coach funds - guidance provided by SCDE in coming weeks.
There are significant changes to the Charter School Act. Highlights include:
The Alliance will host a series of webinars and provide further technical assistance on all of these changes. These topics will also be discussed at the Leaders Meeting on July 31st.
Communications, Policy Development, and Advocacy
Studies have been clear that the quality of a state’s charter school law is a critically important factor in the success of public charter schools. High quality public charter schools cannot flourish in a state without robust communications and advocacy efforts focused on their unique needs as autonomous, innovative schools.
The most important public charter school advocacy you can do is to tell the real stories of highly effective public charter schools in your community.
Invite community leaders, decision makers, and stakeholders to visit public charter schools where great academic achievement is taking place.
New National Rankings Find South Carolina Charter School Laws Rank 15th in Nation
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released its 5th annual ranking of state charter school laws. These rankings are measured against the National Alliance law.
National Alliance Releases ESEA Reauthorization Recommendations
The National Alliance for Public Schools is pleased to release Free to Succeed: Public Charter Schools and the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This paper, based on interviews and discussions with prominent public charter school stakeholders, outlines the key priorities of the charter school sector as Congress gears up for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
In order for the public charter sector to grow and continue to produce results through innovation, the National Alliance believes that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) should significantly expand support for both the creation of new charter schools and the replication and expansion of successful charter schools. At the same time, ESEA reauthorization presents an opportunity to encourage innovation on a national scale, and to roll back encroachment on charter school freedoms that threaten to stifle student outcomes.
Unlike the last time reauthorization took place in 2001, public charter schools are no longer an educational experiment: it is a 20-year-old sector that, according to the most recent research, is improving educational outcomes across the country. A reauthorized ESEA needs to ensure that federal funds for charter schools encourage the creation of high-quality schools, while at the same time, protect the freedom of charters to innovate by making the following changes:
We look forward to working with the charter school community on these proposals.
Legislative Action Concerning Charter Schools:
Links to Charter School News: