Response to Article in The IE Voice: "Rep. Mark Takano Introduces the Charter School Transparency, Accountability, and Quality Act"

April 3, 2015

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CCSA's response to The IE Voice's article, "Rep. Mark Takano Introduces the Charter School Transparency, Accountability, and Quality Act."

Representative Mark Takano is right. Academic and operational accountability is very important in charter public and traditional schools. However, legislation targeted at charter schools alone, that are already held to a high standard of accountability in state law is the wrong step forward. Additionally, California is a state where the charter school sector, authorizers and legislators have come together to put into place real solutions to provide real time oversight.

Accountability and transparency are hallmarks of the promise that charter public schools in California provide to families, students and the public. As tuition-free public schools serving all students, charters are held to rigorous academic standards as well as being held to the highest standards of operational governance by their authorizer (usually the local school district) and by the families they serve.

This legislation is not necessary as there are more proven measures in place to address accountability, data collection and transparency but also, derails our legislators from focusing on the real issues impacting education quality, such as increasing funding for student programs and providing more adequate facilities, so all of our students are better served.

Fátima Cristerna Adame, Regional Director, Inland Empire, California Charter Schools Association