Committee will hear from South Carolina public charter schools
WASHINGTON – The National Coalition for Public School Options (PSO) released the following statement ahead of today’s South Carolina Ad Hoc Committee on Charter Schools. The committee has been meeting to better understand the state’s charter school landscape, including the decision of 10 charter schools to seek a new authorizer outside of the South Carolina Public Charter School District.
PSO has previously advocated for the rights of South Carolina’s charter schools to have the option to seek a new authorizer to better fit the needs of the schools and the students they serve.
STATEMENT FROM KERRY LEVI, SOUTH CAROLINA PSO PARENT LEADER:
“South Carolina parents are watching this ad hoc committee closely because it will inform policymaking that will affect students and families. As parents, we want to ensure policymakers are doing what’s best for students – not out-of-state vendors who are pushing one-size-fits-all accountability systems on South Carolina’s schools. The committee should talk to parents and students who attend these public charter schools and ensure the South Carolina Public Charter Schools District is held accountable for its failed leadership.”
The National Coalition for Public School Options is a national alliance of parents that supports and defends parents’ rights to access the best public school options for their children. PSO supports the creation of public school options, including charter schools, online schools, magnet schools, open enrollment policies and other innovative education programs. Additionally, we advocate for equal access without restrictions to these public schools for all children.