Karega Rausch, President and CEO of NACSA and Ebony Lee, Partner at Charter School Growth Fund have gotten together to discuss the risks of charter school moratoriums and why we need high-quality charter schools now, more than ever. In this op-ed they write:
“Prior to COVID-19 upending American education, some state legislatures around the country considered moratoriums or ‘pauses’ on public charter schools; while others, like in California, Illinois, and New Jersey, pushed to stop the growth of these public schools.
But today, American education is in crisis. Students need significant support in the face of mounting learning loss, ongoing social isolation, and possible trauma of losing loved ones to the pandemic. Families, unions and districts find themselves divided on how to and when to open schools. This generation of children is at risk of never recovering from the economic fallout of COVID-19, according to a warning from UNICEF, the United Nations agency for children.
If there is a time to encourage our very best schools—of any type—to serve more students well, it’s now.”
Read the entire op-ed at Education Post.