Biden Admin Declares “War” on Charter Schools Amid Increasingly Popular School Choice Movement

The Biden administration plans a new regulatory assault on private and charter schools as more parents send their children to them to opt out of public schools, which often contain curriculum and materials they see as divisive and inappropriate.

“The Biden administration — which is tied to teachers’ unions — has now ‘declared war’ on charter schools, Robert Maranto, editor of the Journal of School Choice, wrote Monday in National Review,” according to the Star News Network written down.

Specifically, the report said the Biden Department of Education is proposing “new rules that actually discourage applicants from applying for federal scholarships,” the outlet continued, which will have a major impact on private schools.

“While the Democrats have woken up and a new president is in town, the US Department of Education has declared war on charter schools, using obscure bureaucratic regulations to kill the federal charter school program without having to explain , why”, Maranto written down of the new proposed rule, which was entered into the Federal Register on March 14, with a comment period of April 13.

The Wall Street Journal explained in a Sunday play:

Applicants must now describe an “unmet demand for charter school.” It is not enough to have hundreds or thousands of children on charter waiting lists. The administration wants evidence of “overcrowding of existing public schools” as well as proof that the new charter “does not exceed the number of public schools required to meet community demand.”

This means charter applicants would almost certainly be rejected in declining enrollment school districts, which include many large cities. “Demand for charter schools isn’t just about the availability of any place, it’s about the demand for quality places,” said Karega Rausch, president and CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. For this reason, cities with empty public school buildings have waiting lists.

“Nationally, I believe the public school enrollment decline is about 1.5 million students or more, which roughly equates to about a 3% enrollment decline,” said Corey A. DeAngelis, national research director at the American Federation for Children’s Star News Network about the decline in enrollments in public schools.

“We’ve seen numbers from the Census Bureau suggesting a doubling in home schooling compared to pre-pandemic levels. Enrollments in charter schools increased by 7%, while enrollments in government schools fell by about 3%. And so, even before these massive school choice expansions that we saw in 2021, school choice year, people were voting with their feet,” he added.

“Imagine if we had universal school choice if all funding followed the child, every single child, to where they wanted to get an education?” said DeAngelis. “We probably would have seen a much larger exodus from the government-run school system in the pandemic era.” Biden Admin Declares “War” on Charter Schools Amid Increasingly Popular School Choice Movement

Jake Nichol

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