Charter School Leaders Navigate New Political Landscape

Photo Credit: Standford University

Photo Credit: Standford University

Lauren Camera of US News and World Report detailed a meeting of charter school leaders who converged on the nation's capitol to discuss pertinent issues facing the charter school sector. Charter school leaders are finding it increasingly difficult to navigate the "politically thorny situation" of opposing much of the Trump administration’s agenda for gutting public school's, even though it includes plans for the support and expansion of charter schools.

The closed-door, off-the-record meeting, confirmed to U.S. News by several sources, comes at a precarious time for the charter sector and the broader school choice movement on the whole.

The “school choice” umbrella has always been a large and diverse one when it comes to education policies, including people and organizations that both embrace private school vouchers and tax credit scholarships, and those that oppose them, as well as those singularly focused on expanding charter schools, which are public schools.

In the past, the group has looked beyond those differences and banded together to make inroads politically and for the mutual benefit of each subgroup – a strategy that’s largely been successful. Read more here.