CCSA Responds to PPIC 'Californians and Education' Study

April 20, 2017

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The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) today released the 'Californians and Education' study examining Californians perceptions on education policy and the changes that are underway in K through 12 education statewide.

Three questions were particularly relevant to the charter school movement (Page 10 and 11). PPIC's questions and CCSA's response is below:

When asked if charter schools should meet the same educational standards as other public schools, six in ten Californians (61%) and two in three public school parents (65%) say they should, while one in three Californians and three in ten public school parents say they should be able to set their own standards.

CCSA is a strong supporter of academic accountability for charter public schools. We are pleased that the PPIC reports that the majority supports current law that requires charter public schools to meet all state standards, participate in the state's accountability system and administer all state required testing. We agree that charter public schools should meet the same educational standards as all public schools and they are already legally required to do so.

The poll finds 60 percent of adults and 66 percent of public school parents favor providing tax-funded vouchers to parents for use at any public, private or parochial school.

Given that California's vibrant and growing nonprofit charter school sector affords parents their fundamental right to choose where their students go to school, we believe that vouchers would be at odds with the needs of California's public school system. CCSA is focused on continuing our work to ensure that high quality charter schools can open and are an option for every interested student, and that chronically underperforming charters are closed.

The poll shows 46 percent of adults and 51 percent of public school parents are very concerned about their school's undocumented students and families.

We believe it is the right of every public school to protect, foster, and educate all students, regardless of their immigration status. This is why CCSA recently joined school districts, charter public schools and education associations in filing an amicus brief supporting a lawsuit filed by San Francisco and Santa Clara Counties against the federal executive order which affects funding for sanctuary cities. CCSA will continue to work with charter schools across California to ensure that all students, regardless of immigration status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, class, faith, or disability may access high quality public school options.