On the heels of Secretary Duncan’s annual announcement of federal charter school grants, Charles Barone and Marianne Lombardo of Democrats for Education Reform highlight the beneficial impact of President Obama’s federal Charter School Program grants and how they distinguish him as a president who has focused on high performance, especially for low income children of color, in unprecedented ways.
Today, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will announce annual federal Charter Schools Program grants to states and non-profit charter management organizations. This round of grants marks a new milestone in President Obama’s education reform legacy. What distinguishes Obama from his predecessors, and what makes him a true champion of our nation’s schoolchildren, is his coupling of new investments in public school choice with a laser-like focus on high-performance, especially for poor and minority students. This Administration has invested a small but significant amount of funding in the replication and expansion of charter school management organizations that have a proven track record of high performance – something no other President has done.