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CER Submits Comments to Proposed Rulemaking of ESSA to Correct Federal Interference in Charter Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — In order to protect state laws governing charter schools and charter school freedom from undue interference from the federal government, The Center for Education Reform (CER) has submitted comments in response to the Department of Education’s May 31, 2016, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) related to accountability and state plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

“As to be expected when there’s money involved, the US Department of Education is now involved in the over-regulation of charter schools, despite the intended flexibility of the Every Student Succeeds Act,” said Jeanne Allen, Founder and CEO of The Center for Education Reform.

As an organization dedicated to expanding educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans, and having contributed significantly to the development of the charter school movement in America, The Center for Education Reform urges the Secretary and his leadership to abandon the approach to over-regulating our nation’s charter schools and respect the intent of Congress in respecting the rights of states to govern their education portfolios as they see fit.

For details regarding the Department’s rulemaking on charter schools, see the Center’s full comment letter here.

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About the Center for Education Reform

Founded in 1993, the Center for Education Reform aims to expand educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans — particularly our youth — ensuring that the conditions are ripe for innovation, freedom and flexibility throughout U.S. education.