March 28, 2017
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On behalf of the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA), Executive Director David Dunn is testifying on three bills pertaining to public charter schools at today’s House Public Education Committee.
TCSA’s primary legislative priority is HB 2337 by state Representatives Harold Dutton, Dwayne Bohac, Jodie Laubenberg, Eddie Lucio III, and Ron Simmons. Students at public charter schools receive $1400 less than those at school districts and this legislation would begin to narrow the funding gap. HB 2337 proposes to provide students enrolled at public charter schools with facilities funding, which they do not currently receive.
In his testimony, Dunn states, “Public charter students should not be penalized for selecting the school that best meets their needs. Charter schools receive zero in facilities funding, while other public schools received nearly $6 billion in state and local funding.”
TCSA also fully supports Representative Jim Murphy’s bill HB 467 to expand the capacity of the Permanent School Fund Bond Guarantee Program. This bill would further allow for charter schools to save millions of public dollars on lower interest rates and put funds toward classroom instruction.
Separately, TCSA strongly opposes HB 1039 by Representative Mary Gonzalez which would reduce funding for students at public charter schools by an additional $1300. This legislation would castigate families for choosing the public school that is best for their child.
TCSA is the statewide membership association proudly representing nearly 250,000 students at 629 campuses across the state. Public charter schools are open-enrollment, tuition-free, and held to the same accountability standards as all other public schools.