This legislation, which applies to every county in the state, would allow a newly appointed panel to override our locally elected school boards' decisions regarding charter schools. The state charter panel would have sole oversight of charter schools it approves, meaning local tax dollars would be obligated to support schools with no local input or control. Decisions about schools and the use of local tax dollars should be left to local officials, elected by local citizens, who understand the needs of our unique communities.
I urge you to OPPOSE HB 702/SB830, which would allow a newly appointed panel to override our locally elected school boards' decisions regarding charter schools and then cut local boards of education out of the oversight of those schools. A state-level charter authorizer would increase the reach of state government into local affairs and create additional bureaucracy. I want decisions about opening and funding schools in my district to be made by my local officials, elected by our local citizens, who understand the needs of my unique community. Please respect the rights of local voters to shape the direction of their community's schools and vote NO on HB 702/SB830.