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House Democrats call for cutting federal funding for charter schools | CNN Politics

July 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A small provision tucked into a massive federal budget proposal put forth by the House Appropriations Committee would cut money for charter schools by $40 million and could potentially limit many charter schools from receiving federal funds altogether.

A small provision tucked into a massive federal budget proposal put forth by the House Appropriations Committee would cut money for charter schools by $40 million and could potentially limit many charter schools from receiving federal funds altogether.

On the campaign trail last year, now-President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren opposed federal funds going to “for-profit charter schools. ”

The bill would prohibit any funds going to “a charter school that contracts with a for-profit entity to operate, oversee or manage the activities of the school. ”

But Nina Rees, the president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, told CNN that the sweeping language could impact schools that contract out for cafeteria services, special education services, or back office staff – some of the same things local district schools also hire private companies for.

He argued it would “make it illegal for charter schools that receive funding from the government to also contract with private companies for food, busing, janitors, text books, and the technology students – especially those with special needs – use for their lessons. ”

Biden’s budget request, which is also little more than an outline of spending priorities, did not cut from the $440 million in annual funding that charter schools have received in recent years.

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