How Members Are Prioritizing Charters in 2018
February 1, 2018

Use the below bullets to jump to a specific section, or visit the 2018 Network Member Priorities Overview.

2018 Outlook

Expectations are high among charter advocates, with the majority of PIE Network members engaging to some degree on charter school issues. In the wake of 2017’s big wins, look for renewed pushes this year around equity—i.e. funding, facilities and transportation—and the defense and expansion of high-quality charter school options.

Key Takeaways

  • In states where the charter sector is not as well supported, defending charters from attack, in both policy and public opinion, is a focus for members.
  • Many advocates are focusing on charter facilities and funding equity to expand charter school options.
  • Twenty-eight member organizations said they were planning to engage on this issue, either as a high priority or on their to-do list.

State Snapshot

Twenty-eight PIE Network members in 18 states are planning to engage on this issue in 2018, either as a high priority or on the to-do list.

Member Engagement

Below, you’ll see lists of member organizations who said they were planning to work on similar charter policies. If you’re interested in connecting with any of the organizations listed below, ask Ryan for an introduction.

CHARTER SCHOOL FACILITIES

Four members report engaging on this issue.

  • CA EdVoice: Support Facilities
  • DC DFER District of Columbia: Access to Equal Facilities and Funding
  • MS Mississippi First: Implement Charter School Program Grants
  • WA Partnership for Learning: Ensure that Charter Schools Receive Equitable Funding, Especially for Facilities, as Traditional Public Schools

CHARTER SCHOOL FINANCE

Twelve members report engaging on this issue.

  • AR Arkansas Learns: Annual Open-Enrollment Public Charter School Facilities Funding at a Minimum of $500 Per Student
  • CA GO Public Schools: Improved District-Charter Equity and Portfolio Management in Oakland Unified (OUSD)
  • CO Ready Colorado: Funding Equity for State-Authorized Charters
  • CO DFER Colorado: Work to Ensure CSI Funding for Mill Equity is Approved and Prevent Roll Back on Legislation Achieved in 2016 and 2017
  • CT ConnCAN: Fair Funding
  • DC DFER District of Columbia: Access to Equal Facilities and Funding
  • GA GeorgiaCAN: Decrease/Eliminate Inequities in Charter School Funding
  • LA Stand for Children Louisiana: Continue to Advocate for High-Quality Charter Schools With Equitable Access
  • OH Thomas B. Fordham Institute-Ohio: Move to Direct State Funding of Charters; Reduce the Funding Gap with Traditional Public Schools
  • TN TennesseeCAN: Increase Funding
  • TX Texas Aspires: Protect New Funding
  • WA Partnership for Learning: Ensure that Charter Schools Receive Equitable Funding, Especially for Facilities, as Traditional Public Schools

BUILDING DISTRICT/CHARTER PARTNERSHIPS

Two members report currently engaging on this issue.

  • AZ A for Arizona: Eliminate Charter vs. District Rhetoric
  • CO A+ Colorado: Ensure Denver and Other Districts Support High Quality Charters
  • TX Texas Aspires: District Charter Partnerships

ACTIVELY DEFENDING CHARTERS

Ten members report currently engaging on this issue.

  • CA EdVoice: Prevent Re-Regulation
  • CA Innovate Public Schools: Fight a Potential Ballot Initiative that Would Eliminate Charters
  • CO Colorado Succeeds: Block Efforts to Undermine Historic Legislation Passed in 2017 Session
  • FL Foundation for Florida’s Future: Protect and Implement 2017 Legislation that Support Growth of High Quality Charters
  • IN Institute for Quality Education: Defend Against Attack on Charter Schools And Charter School Authorizers in Indiana
  • LA DFER Louisiana: Defend Charter Policies That Protect High-Quality Public Charter Schools
  • MN EdAllies: Protecting The Right Of Families to Attend High-Quality Charter Schools
  • TN TennesseeCAN: Defense and Improvements in Specific Segments of Law
  • WA DFER Washington: Keep Charter Schools Legal
  • WA League of Education Voters: Keep Public Charter Schools

CHARTER EXPANSION

Ten members report currently engaging on this issue.

  • AL A+ Education Partnership: Aid Development of New Charter School Proposals Statewide
  • AR Arkansas Learns: Grow High Performing Open-Enrollment Public Charter School Options In Under- Or Non-Served Areas
  • AZ A for Arizona: Protecting and Growing Excellent Charter Options
  • CA Innovate Public Schools: Support the Approval Of New Charter Options
  • CT ConnCAN: New Schools and Proper Seat Allocation
  • FL Foundation for Florida’s Future: Protect and Implement 2017 Legislation that Support Growth of High Quality Charters
  • MO Children’s Education Alliance Of Missouri: Charter School Expansion to More Parts of the State
  • MS Mississippi First: Implement Charter School Program Grants
  • NY NYCAN: Promote a Posture of Diverse Authorizing that Embraces a Wider Variety of School Types and Definitions of Excellence
  • OK Oklahoma Achieves: Maintain Statewide Board Appeal for Charter Authorization
  • WA DFER Washington: Support Growth of High Quality Options for Families

Expertise on this Issue

Below are members with experience who offered themselves as thought partners on this issue.

  • A+ Education Partnership, Thomas Rains, VP Operations & Policy: Charter School Law Implementation
  • Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri, Peter Franzen, Associate Executive Director: Training Hundreds of Parent-Advocates & Charter School Ambassadors
  • ConnCAN, Sean Matteson, COO: Charter Funding
  • DFER Colorado, Jen Walmer, State Director: Ability to Pass Charter Legislation with a Split Chamber & Building Support Among Democrats for School Choice Policy
  • Innovate Public Schools, Ann Waterman Roy, VP Strategic Operations: Incubating a Charter Entrepreneur-In-Residence & Launch of New Charter Network
  • Texas Aspires, Courtney Boswell MacDonald: District-Charter Partnership Legislation
  • The Education Trust-Midwest, Amber Arellano, Executive Director: Charter Accountability
  • Thomas B. Fordham Institute-Ohio, Chad Aldis, Vice President of Ohio Policy & Advocacy: Charter School Quality

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