Rep. Kline salutes high quality charter schools throughout the nation
Burnsville, MN – Minnesota Second District Congressman John Kline issued a statement marking the 20th anniversary of charter schools.
This week, Minnesota is hosting the National Charter Schools Conference:
“As the senior member of Minnesota’s Republican congressional delegation and the Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, I would like to welcome more than 4,000 members of our nation’s charter school community to the great state of Minnesota.
“Twenty years ago, education leaders in Minnesota pioneered the charter school education model. Since then, 40 states and the District of Columbia have established laws to open charter schools. Today these institutions play an important role in our nation’s education system, providing new opportunities for students to escape underperforming schools, and empowering parents to choose the school that is best for their child’s education.
“As we recognize the 20th anniversary of the charter school model, we must also explore ways we can help encourage more high quality charter schools across the country. The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation that will facilitate the establishment and replication of high quality charter schools and incentivize states to remove burdens to charter school growth.
“The Empowering Parents through Quality Charter Schools Act will provide families with better education options so all children – regardless of background or circumstance – have the opportunity to excel. I urge my Senate colleagues to bring this legislation to a vote quickly so we can move it to the president’s desk ensuring the opportunity for a better future for kids across the country.”
In his fifth term in Congress, Kline is the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. Kline also serves on the House Armed Services Committee.