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Petitioning Representative John A. Savage (House Finance Committee) and 15 others

Rhode Island: Support High-Performing Public Charter Schools

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Public charter schools are posting some of Rhode Island’s most impressive gains when it comes to student achievement —- especially for low-income and minority students.

But charter schools are reimbursed for just 30 percent of the costs of building and running schoolhouses, compared to the districts they serve, which are often reimbursed 80 percent or more for building costs.

Unequal reimbursement rates make it nearly impossible for existing charter schools to expand and serve more students or for new charter schools to open.

Right now, the Finance Committee in the Rhode Island House is considering Article 12 -- a proposal that's also known as Super Schoolhouses. Super Schoolhouses would help high-performing charter schools reach even more Rhode Island students.

Over 200 RI-CAN supporters turned out at the statehouse to show their support for Super Schoolhouses, but our legislators need to hear from you too.

Take action today to tell the Finance Committee that it's time for charter schools to receive the reimbursement they deserve.

Letter to
Representative John A. Savage (House Finance Committee)
Representative William San Bento Jr. (Secretary, House Finance Committee)
Representative Eileen S. Naughton (Deputy Chairperson, House Finance Committee)
and 13 others
Representative Raymond Gallison (Vice Chairperson, House Finance Committee)
Representative Helio Melo (Chairperson, House Finance Committee)
Representative Larry Valencia (House Finance Committee)
Representative Scott Slater (House Finance Committee)
Representative Jan Malik (House Finance Committee)
Representative Agostinho F. Silva (House Finance Committee)
Representative Joy Hearn (House Finance Committee)
Representative Frank Ferri (House Finance Committee)
Representative Daniel Patrick Reilly (House Finance Committee)
Representative J. Russell Jackson (Vice Chairperson, House Finance Committee)
Representative Laurence W. Ehrhardt (House Finance Committee)
Representative John J. McCauley Jr. (House Finance Committee)
Representative John M. Carnevale (House Finance Committee)
On April 7, over 200 Rhode Islanders assembled at the statehouse in purple t-shirts to show their support for a budget item that would reimburse charter schools for their school buildings costs at an equal rate as traditional public schools. I urge you to heed their call and pass this budget item out of the House Finance Committee.

Some of Rhode Island’s most successful schools are charter schools, especially when it comes to low-income and minority student achievement. But they’re reimbursed for just 30 percent of the costs of building and running schoolhouses, compared to the districts they serve, which in some cases are reimbursed 80 percent and higher. Those unequal reimbursement rates make it nearly impossible for existing charter schools to get a new building to serve more students or for new charter schools to open.

By passing this budget item out of the Finance Committee, you will allow Rhode Island’s high-performing charter schools to put even more students on the path to college, especially those students who would otherwise have the odds stacked against them.