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Davis’ charter school amendment approved by House

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House today approved a bipartisan amendment introduced by U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, and Frederica S. Wilson, D-Fla., to H.R. 10, the Success and Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Act, by a vote of 373-32.

“The 13th District is fortunate to have successful, traditional public schools, including the schools my three children attend in Taylorville,” said Davis. “But just as one-size-fits-all education policies out of Washington do not work for all students, neither does every public school. So as the number of students attending charter schools continues to grow, we must ensure that these schools are accountable and transparent to taxpayers and parents.”

The amendment holds charter schools to the same disclosure standards as traditional public schools by requiring charter schools to report on the demographics of the students they are serving, what support they provide and how well they educate these students. Additionally, it ensures the collection and public dissemination of information that will help parents make informed decisions about education options for their children, including disaggregated data on student outcomes, suspensions, and expulsions.

It received the support from the National Education Association, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the National PTA, the American Federation of Teachers and the First Focus Campaign for Children and was co-sponsored by Reps. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., Alan Grayson, D-Fla., and Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio.

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