National Alliance Releases Statement on the Democratic Party's Charter School Platform Language

July 15, 2016

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Today the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released the following statement regarding the Democratic Party's adoption of anti-charter school platform language.

Washington, D.C. - "The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is disappointed that the Democratic Party platform committee adopted language that perpetuates false assertions about charter public schools. The party's original draft platform struck the right tone by supporting high-quality public schools, whether district or charter. The new draft, while retaining the original text, adds language that denigrates the vital role charter schools play in providing high-quality public school options to the nation's neediest students.

"The impact of charter public schools is most directly felt - and is most urgently needed - in communities serving low-income students and students of color. To attack charter schools is to ignore the needs of millions of students who benefit from having a high-quality public school option. The Democratic Party has never turned its back on these students, and it shouldn't start now.

"Just ten days ago, Secretary Clinton said, 'When schools get it right, whether they are traditional public schools or public charter schools, let's figure out what's working ... and share it with schools across America.' We agree completely, and we urge Secretary Clinton to reiterate her support for high-quality charter public schools, so that party activists with an anti-charter bias cannot hijack the platform to undermine her position."

About Charter Public Schools
Charter public schools are independent, public, and tuition-free schools that are given the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Since 2010, many research studies have found that students in charter schools do better in school than their traditional school peers. For example, one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that charter schools do a better job teaching low income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood.

About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter sector. For more information, please visit