Commonwealth Policy Center

Congressional Democrats quietly cut money for charter schools in a recent budget proposal. Altogether, they cut $40 million. They further limited the federal funds charter schools can receive. Not only would this damage charter schools, which have proven successful alternatives to underperforming public schools, but it also threatens the viability of enrollment of the 3 million students attending these schools. Many charter school students come from non-white and low-income families, the very demographic Democrats claim to care for. The bill also prohibits funds from charter schools that partner with for-profit entities for activities such as cafeteria services or special education services. But some public schools are doing this, so why punish charter schools? The Democrat proposal undermines the idea of choice, innovation, and ends up hurting communities that need the most help.