A Letter To Valerie Strauss: Profits Never Had a Place in California's Charter Community

August 31, 2018

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Re: Will California Gov. Brown sign a bill to ban for-profit charter schools? by Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, 8/27/18

By Michelle Lynch, Managing Director, Government Affairs, California Charter Schools Association

Distinguishing California from other states is that 99 percent of charter public schools are non-profit organizations. But we recognize even 1 percent is too many, and we're one step closer to making that 100 percent.

AB 406, a bill to ban for-profit charter schools awaiting Governor Brown's signature, makes it clear: Profits don't belong in public education.

Strauss' suggestion that CCSA has pushed back on accountability is patently false. We have a long record fighting for all charter schools to be non-profit because it's what's right for kids.

A new coalition came together to advance AB 406 including the California Federation of Teachers, California School Administrators, California Labor Federation, California School Boards Association, California School Employees Association and many others.

It's time for Strauss to decide if she wants to collaborate or remain a dividing force. In addition to changing the law, we hope AB 406 changes the discussion.