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U.S. Senate Passes Resolution to Recognize America’s Charter Schools

U.S. Senate Passes Resolution to Recognize America’s Charter Schools

May 26, 2021

The United States Senate passed a resolution recognizing National Charter Schools Week and “congratulating the students, parents, teachers, and leaders of charter schools across the United States for making ongoing contributions to education.” Celebrated annually in May, National Charter Schools Week highlights the more than 200,000 dedicated teachers, 3.3 million students, and 7,500 public charter schools across the nation. This year’s celebration marks the 30th anniversary of the first charter school law, which changed the future of public education and student success forever.  

Read the Senate’s Resolution 

“Here in South Carolina and across the country, charter schools enroll more students and serve more communities every year,” said Senator Tim Scott (R- SC), sponsor of the resolution. “The high-quality teaching and innovative approach to education provide a strong foundation for students of all backgrounds. I have long believed what the pandemic confirmed for so many American families: when parents lack school choice, children’s education suffers. I am thankful for the important work charter school teachers, leaders, parents, and advocates continue to do in opening more doors to success for the next generation.” 

The bipartisan resolution was supported by: 

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-CO 
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-TN 
Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ 
Sen. John Boozman R-AR 
Sen. Mike Braun, R-IN 
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-LA 
Sen. Thomas Carper, D-DE 
Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX 
Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-ND 
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX 
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA 
Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-TN 
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-WI 
Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-KY  
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL 
Sen. Rick Scott, R-FL 
Sen. Thom Tillis, R-NC 
Sen. Pat Toomey, R-PA 
Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-AL 
Sen. Roger Wicker, R-MS 
Sen. Todd Young, R-IN 
Student-centered, tuition-free, and always public, charter schools have changed the American education landscape for the better. The 30th anniversary is a time for the nation to celebrate and highlight the schools, students, education leaders, and advocates who have demonstrated the strength and promise of the charter school movement over the last 30 years.  

The National Alliance recently honored 30 exceptional young leaders who are connected in some way to charter schools and are using their ideas, talents, and platforms to advance educational and economic opportunities and promote equality and social justice. The 30 Under 30 Changemakers Awards shine a spotlight on individuals from across the country who are making a meaningful impact in their community.

Here is one of the 30 Under 30 Changemakers from Senator Scott’s home state of South Carolina:

Kalan Rogers, 27, Calhoun Falls, S.C. Kalan graduated from Calhoun Falls Charter High School and returned as principal of his alma mater, where he focuses on creating a positive and safe school environment. Under his leadership, CFCS has been recognized by the U.S. News and World Report as a one of the best high schools in the country. Additionally, Kalan coaches cross-country and track and field, drives a morning school bus route, and advocates for his students, parents, and the community. 

Read more about each 30 Under 30 Changemaker.

 

Jennifer Diaz is the vice president of communications at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

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