U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta statement on today's passage of Charter Schools bill

GUINTA STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF THE “EMPOWERING PARENTS THROUGH QUALITY CHARTER SCHOOLS ACT”

(Washington – September 13, 2011)    Rep. Frank Guinta (NH-01) released the following statement following this afternoon’s passage of H.R. 2218, The Empowering Parents Through Quality Charter Schools Act.  It was approved in a 365-54 vote:

“I was proud to join with my colleges in passing this important bill.  We must reduce the federal government’s role in education and encourage parental involvement to help our children succeed. Charter schools are one important tool for reaching that goal.  They empower parents to get more actively involved in their children’s education, open doors for teachers to pioneer innovative teaching methods and give students a viable alternative to underperforming schools.”

H.R. 2218 encourages states to support the development and expansion of charter schools.  It streamlines federal Charter School Program funding to reduce administrative burdens and improves funding opportunities for the replication of successful charter models and facilities assistance.  It also supports an evaluation of schools’ impact on students, families, and communities, while also encouraging sharing best practices between charters and traditional public schools.