Yesterday, the Washington Post's Emma Brown reported on legislation in the U.S. Senate that would increase Congressional support for charter schools. Mary Landrieu from Louisiana is a key sponsor of this effort. Also yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner announced his backing of the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act. The bill would accomplish many goals of the charter school movement, among them providing funding for replication of high performing schools, financial support for the opening of new schools, make it simpler for charters to borrow money for facility acquisition, and promote the sharing of best practices regarding charter school operation. One important aspect as far as the future growth of Washington, D.C.'s AppleTree Learning is concerned, is that the bill changes the definition of charter schools to include early childhood learning programs.
The money associated with the new legislation is significant which includes $300 million each fiscal year from 2015 to 2020.
Mr. Boehner, of course, is a major supporter of the local Opportunity Scholarship Program, the private school voucher plan for under served children that President Obama has tried to eliminate each year that he has submitted a budget.
The Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act is expected to pass both houses of Congress this week as a part of National Charter Schools Week.