Proponents of charter schools may not have an ally in President-elect Biden or in his education department.
“He has worked closely with us over the past few months to listen and understand the problems we are facing right now. We know we have a partner, “Becky Pringle, president of the National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers’ union, told the Wall Street Journal.
Unlike President Obama, who respected the rise of charter schools and support for school choices, Biden has called for a ban on federal funding for charter schools run by nonprofits, which according to the National Alliance for Public account for 12 percent of charter schools Charter Schools.
As part of the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force, he also pledged to “support measures to increase accountability for charter schools.”
“We will demand the conditioning of federal funding for new, expanded charter schools or the renewal of charter schools when a district examines whether the charter systematically supports the neediest students,” says the last platform of the task force.
The political position has raised concern among parents and school election supporters who represent such students.
“The data is consistently clear that nonprofit public charter schools, particularly in our urban communities that serve our African American and Latin American students, have performed well. Because of this, there is very strong support for charter schools from African American and Latin American parents as well, ”Shavar Jeffries, president of Democrats for Education Reform, told The Journal.
“I am deeply concerned that a union-controlled education department in Biden could have a terrifying effect on the progress that states and parents have made in ensuring education and excellence for children,” said Jeanne Allen, executive director of the center for education reform, the newspaper said.
Under President Trump and DeVos, the federal government has given priority to the school election, which Trump has called “the civil rights of all time in this country”.
“In all fairness, the school election is the civil rights declaration of the year, the decade and probably beyond because all children must have access to quality education,” said the 45th Supreme Commander from the White House in June.
Meanwhile, Biden said his problem with charter schools is that they “withdraw money for our public schools” during elementary school last year.
In a statement on the Trump administration’s current school policies, an education spokesman said, “There is no one less powerful and marginalized than the student trapped in a failing, government-assigned school with no way out.”