In the Public Interest Report Unfairly Scapegoats Charter Public School Movement

May 8, 2018

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2018

In the Public Interest Report Unfairly Scapegoats Charter Public School Movement

SACRAMENTO, California - In the Public Interest (ITPI) released yet another new anti-charter school report today which does more harm than good for public school families and educators. The report is written by Gordon Lafer an associate professor at the University of Oregon's Labor Education and Research Center, a labor focused center led by the AFL-CIO. ITPI has a well-documented and partial point of view on the role charter schools play in the public education system, and longstanding financial relationship with teachers' unions.

Policy makers, civic leaders, and media outlets are encouraged to scrutinize this report with skepticism, recognizing it for what it is: an error-ridden document commissioned by a biased organization with a political agenda and conclusion in mind.

California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) issued the following statement in response:

"This report is yet another tactic by special interests to prioritize politics over kids - it is pure propaganda and is far from impartial as the author claims.

Charter public schools are an essential partner in a school district's mission to provide all students with a high-quality public education and are a valuable part of California's public education system. But they are not responsible for, nor do they have control over, any district's financial decisions.

Local districts must own their role as fiscal stewards responsible for their budgets and stop ignoring the hard decisions that lie ahead - like crushing unfunded pension liabilities or underused facilities - and come up with a range of solutions that ultimately benefit ALL public students. The methodology in this report is deeply flawed, draws irresponsible conclusions and shows a lack of understanding of district financials and only serves as a distraction.

Families have spoken - they want great schools for their kids. Charter public schools are delivering that great public education."