Sending Office: Honorable Jared Polis
We are writing to ask you to join us in sending the attached letter to the Labor-HHS Subcommittee in support of FY 2019 funding for the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP).
As you may know, public charter schools are offering outstanding educational options to students nationwide and, in particular, to children living in poverty. Over half of the students served by public charter schools are eligible for free or reduced-priced
lunch, over half are students of color, and 17 percent are English Learners—all higher percentages than those served in traditional public schools.
Our letter to the Appropriations Committee requests $500 million for the Department of Education’s programs that support high-quality public charter schools, including those to support the launching of new public charter schools, sharing successful innovations
with other traditional public schools, and providing incentives to state governments and other stakeholders to provide school facilities. This amount will help shrink the nation’s public charter school waiting lists and will improve educational choices available
to our constituents.
We appreciate your attention to this matter, and ask that you join us in our efforts to fund the public Charter Schools Program. If you would like to sign-on, click
here. The deadline to sign-on is COB Thursday, March 15.
Jared Polis Duncan Hunter
Member of Congress Member of Congress
March 19, 2018
The Honorable Tom Cole The Honorable Rosa DeLauro
Chairman Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Subcommittee on Labor, Health and
Human Services, and Education Human Services, and Education
U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro,
As the subcommittee begins consideration of FY 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations legislation, we request $500 million in funding for the Charter Schools Program (CSP). In addition, it is vital that increased
investment in the CSP is not at the expense of funding for formula programs authorized in the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which provide funding for critical education programs and benefit the most
In the 2016-17 school year, charter public schools educated more than 3 million students in over 7,000 schools, representing more than 6 percent of all public schools nationwide. Between 2015-16 and 2016-17, estimated charter school enrollment increased
by over 200,000 students, representing a seven percent growth in one school year. In six cities, charter school enrollment currently exceeds 40 percent and in 17 cities, that enrollment number exceeds 30 percent. Over half of the students served by charter
public schools are eligible for free or reduced-priced lunch, over half are students of color, and 17 percent are English Learners —all higher percentages than the averages served in district public schools.
Additional CSP funds are critical to support the launching of new schools, the replication and expansion of successful charter schools, and offering important resources to help charter schools access facilities. Charter public schools continue to grow and
deliver outstanding educational options to students nationwide and, in particular, to low-income children. A 2015 report from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that charter schools located in our nation’s largest urban
districts are showing significant performance improvements for the most disadvantaged students.
We are very appreciative of the current funding that the CSP is receiving and hope that the subcommittee can continue to build on this investment. Thank you for considering this request. We recognize this is a time of limited means and we greatly appreciate
your support for meeting the existing and ever-growing parent demand for high-quality public school options.
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