Constitutional amendment (second resolution); charter schools. (SJ6)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) with support from co-patron Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate

Description

Constitutional amendment (second resolution); charter schools. Grants the Board of Education authority, subject to criteria and conditions prescribed by the General Assembly, to establish charter schools within the school divisions of the Commonwealth. Read the Bill »

Status

02/02/2016: passed committee

History

DateAction
12/09/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100904D
12/09/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/02/2016Reported from Privileges and Elections (7-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2016Read first time
02/05/2016Passed by for the day
02/05/2016Reconsideration of Passed by for the day agreed to (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2016Read second time and engrossed
02/08/2016Passed by for the day
02/09/2016Passed by for the day
02/10/2016Passed by for the day
02/11/2016Passed by for the day
02/12/2016Passed by for the day
02/15/2016Read third time
02/15/2016Rejected by Senate (19-Y 21-N) (see vote tally)

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 21 minutes.

Transcript

This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

VIRGINIA JUSTICE. THE SENATOR FROM ROCKINGHAM, SENATOR OBENSHAIN.

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg): MR. PRESIDENT, CAN THAT GO BYE FOR THE DAY.

[Unknown]: WITH THAT OBJECTION, H.B.J. 210 WILL GO BYE FOR THE DA.

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg): I REGULAR CALENDAR. SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION SIX PLOW POSING AMENDMENT TOO SECTION FIVE OF ARTICLE 8 RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CHARTER SCHOOLS.
COURTS OF JUSTICE. SENATOR OBAMA.

[Unknown]: CAN THAT GO BYE FOR THE DA. I WITHOUT OBJECTION, THAT WILL GO BYE FOR THE DAY. HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 2, PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF VIRGINIA BY ADDING IN ARTICLE I A SECTION NUMBERED 11-A, RELATING TO THE RIGHT TO WORK. REPORTED FROM COMMITTEE ON PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS. THE SENATOR FROM ROCKINGHAM? I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THAT TO


Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester): ANGE THEIR VOTE? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: AYES 21, NOS 19. AYES 21, NOS 19. THE RESOLUTION PASSES. REGULAR CALENDAR, SENATE JOINT RESOLUTIONS ON THIRD READING. SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 6. PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO CONSTITUTION OF VIRGINIA, SECTION 5 OF ARTICLE VIII OF THE RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CHARTER SCHOOLS. THE NOR FROM ROCKING -- THE SENATOR FROM ROCKINGHAM, SENATOR OBENSHAIN.

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg): MR. PRESIDENT, I MOVE THAT THE RESOLUTION PASS AND SPEAKING TO THE RESOLUTION.

[Unknown]: THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR.

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg): MR. PRESIDENT, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TALKED A LOT TODAY AND OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS ABOUT CHARTER SCHOOLS AND YOU KNOW, I DON'T THINK I HAVE EVER CARRIED A LESS PAROCHIAL, LESS SELF-INTERESTED PIECE OF LEGISLATION. THIS REALLY ISN'T GOING TO AFFECT MY PART OF THE STATE A WHOLE LOT. WE HAVE GOT A REAL CHALLENGE HERE IN VIRGINIA THAT WE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO TACKLE. AND THAT IS DISPARITY IN THE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE AND THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE ARE GIVING TO KIDS ALL OVER VIRGINIA. I HAVE HEARD MY COLLEAGUES STAND AND TALK ABOUT THE QUALITY OF PUBLIC EDUCATION WE ARE GIVING TO THE CHILDREN OF VIRGINIA. ON BALANCE IT IS PRETTY GOOD. KEY DO HAVE FAIRFAX IN PAST YEARS IT HAS BEEN, WHAT, NUMBER FOUR IN THE COUNTRY. AND THE QUALITY OF PUBLIC EDUCATION THAT IT IS PROVIDING TO THE KIDS OF THAT COUNTY. MY KIDS WENT TO HARRISONBURG CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. ROCKINGHAM COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. A PRETTY DARN GOOD JOB OF EDUCATING THEIR KIDS. THE REASON I'M BRINGING THIS BILL, THIS RESOLUTION, IS BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN MY HEART THAT IT IS IMMORAL, IT IS FUNDAMENTALLY WRONG AND INDEFENSIBLE FOR US TO PROVIDE A WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION IN SOME JURISDICTIONS AROUND VIRGINIA AND THEN OTHERS TO PROVIDE A THIRD-WORD EDUCATION AND TO DO NOTHING ABOUT IT. WE ARE DOING NOTHING. TO DROP A LIFELINE TO THE KIDS. IN SOME OF OUR JURISDICTIONS WHERE YOU KNOW AND I KNOW THAT WE HAVE FAILING SCHOOL DIVISIONS. AND YOU KNOW AND I KNOW THAT OUR SCHOOL DIVISIONS, OUR BOARDS OF -- OUR SCHOOLLE BOARDS, OUR SUPERINTENDENTS IN AUGUSTA COUNTY AND ROCKINGHAM COUNTY AND FAIRFAX COUNTY, THEY ARE NOT GOING TO BEG US TO DROP THAT LIFELINE TO KIDS IN SCHOOL DIVISIONS WHERE THEY ARE BEING FAILED. IT IS INCUMBENT UPON US TO PUT THOSE KIDS FIRST TO GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE OFFERING AROUND THE COUNTRY. IN RURAL VIRGINIA THERE MAY NOT BE A HUGE DEMAND FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS. AND YOU MAY NEVER HAVE THEM. BUT, BY GOD, WE HAVE KIDS WE ARE RUINING AND ARE FORGETTING ABOUT AND WE HAVE GOT A CHANCE TO GIVE THEIR COMMUNITIES THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME TOGETHER AND TO OFFER THAT OPPORTUNITY TO FAMILIES THERE AND TO THEIR CHILDREN THERE. THIS IS NOT SOME FLY BY NIGHT OPPORTUNITY THAT WE ARE OFFER. YOU KNOW, THERE ARE BENEFITS TO BEING ON THE LEADING EDGE OF REFORM WAVES. BUT THERE ARE DOWNSIDES, TOO. YOU KNOW, CHARTER SCHOOLS THEY WERE A BRAIN CHILD OF SOMEBODY NAMED MILTON FRIEDMAN BACK IN THE LATE '80S AND EARLY '90S, AND YOU KNOW, THEY STARTED IN THE '90S. AND I DON'T KNOW WHETHER THEY STARTED IN THE REPUBLICAN STATE OR A DEMOCRATIC STATE, BUT WHAT I DO KNOW IS THAT THEY ARE NOT RED OR BLUE, THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL WHEREVER THEY ARE ESTABLISHED. AND THEY ARE MOST SUCCESSFUL IN THE SCHOOL DIVISIONS THAT ARE NOT PERFORMING IN A MANNER THAT PROVIDES THOSE OPPORTUNITIES TO THEIR KIDS. YOU KNOW, I WORKED ON A LOT OF PIECES OF LEGISLATION, YOU KNOW, SENATOR FROM BATH COUNTY AND I CARRIED A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT A FEW YEARS AGO THAT I THOUGHT YOU KNOW WAS PRETTY COOL AND WAS GOING TO HAVE ASSAILING ASIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY THAT IS JUST MONEY. JUST MONEY. MONEY AND PROPERTY. AS IMPORTANT AS IT IS. THESE ARE PEOPLE. THESE ARE LIVES. THIS IS OPPORTUNITY. AND THIS IS PERHAPS THE PIECE OF LEGISLATION SINGLE PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT HAS THE ABILITY TO HAVE MORE OF A POSITIVE IMPACT ON MORE CHILDREN FOR A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME AND MORE FAMILIES AND THE ECONOMY IN VIRGINIA AND THE MANNER IN WHICH WE PROVIDE AN EDUCATION TO PEOPLE ACROSS VIRGINIA. IT HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO FREE UP THE CREATIVITY OF TEACHERS AROUND VIRGINIA, TO REMOVE SOME OF THE CONSTRAINTS THAT HAVE BEEN IMPOSED BY OUR EDUCATION BUREAUCRACY AND HAS THE ABILITY TO GET COMMUNITIES MORE INVOLVED IN IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF THEIR LOCAL SCHOOL DIVISIONS. THIS, MR. PRESIDENT, IS WHAT WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO WALK AROUND DELICATELY FOR THE PAST FIVE, SIX, SEVEN YEARS. WE TRIED ALL KINDS OF THINGS TO FORCE SCHOOL DIVISIONS TO BRING ABOUT CHANGES AND REFORMS IN THE WAY THAT THEY DO BUSINESS. NONE OF IT'S WORKED. NONE OF IT'S WORKED. WE KNEW THAT GIVING THIS MEANINGLESS LITTLE APPEAL TO THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION WITHOUT THE ABILITY FOR THEM TO AUTHORIZE THE CHARTER SCHOOL THAT WE ADOPTED A FEW YEARS AGO WAS A WASTE OF TIME AND, INDEED, IT HAS BEEN A WASTE OF TIME. VIRTUALLY NOBODY TAKES ADVANTAGE OF IT AND WHY WOULD THEY? WHY WOULD THEY? THE OPPORTUNITY EDUCATION LEGISLATION, YOU KNOW, IT WAS A CREATIVE WAY TO TRY AND GENERATE SOME CHANGE IN THE EDUCATION ESTABLISHMENT IN SOME OF OUR IMMEDIATEYIEST SCHOOL DIVISIONS AROUND VIRGINIA BUT, YOU KNOW, IT WAS A PRETTY WEAK TRY AND DIDN'T SUR FIVE AND DIDN'T WITH HAVE A WHOLE CHARTER SCHOOLS, I BELIEVE THEY ARE NOT THE PAN PANACEA. I BELIEVE THAT WE OUGHT NOT BE AFRAID OF CHARTER SCHOOLS. I HEARD MEMBERS OF THIS BODY COMPLAIN WHAT IS NOT MORAL -- WHAT IS IMMORAL IS WITH IF WE CREATE CHARTER SCHOOLS WE WILL HAVE LINES AND A LOTTERY. I IS STUDIED ECONOMICS AND NEVER ONCE DID I EVER HEAR ANYBODY SUGGEST THAT THE SOLUTION TO TOO MUCH DEMAND IS CUT OFF ALL OF THE SUPPLY. YOU KNOW, WE HAVE GOT A DEMAND FOR EDUCATION REFORM. WE HAVE A DEMAND FOR OPPORTUNITY AND I HEAR PEOPLE STAND UP AND SAY, YOU KNOW, I'M THINKING ABOUT IT. AND THERE HAS GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY TO DO THIS. AND PERHAPS THAT WE HAVEN'T COOL TOGETHER AND FIGURED IT OUT. IT HAS BEEN 20 YEARS. 20 YEARS SINCE WE ADOPTED OUR CHARTER SCHOOL LEGISLATION AND IT HASN'T WORKED. IT HAS WORKED ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. IT WILL WORK HERE. AND THIS, MR. PRESIDENT, IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO SOMETHING FOR KIDS IN FAILING SCHOOL DIVISIONS AND IF WE DON'T DO THIS, YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW WHY WE DO A LOT OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT WE DO. MR. PRESIDENT, WITH THAT I AGAIN MOVE THAT THIS RESOLUTION PASS.

[Unknown]: THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE SENATOR FROM ROANOKE CITY, SENATOR EDWARDS.

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke): MR. PRESIDENT, SPEAKING TO THE RESOLUTION.

[Unknown]: THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR.

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke): I WOULD HOPE IT WOULD BE THE PLEASURE OF THIS BODY TO REJECT THIS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROPOSAL. MR. PRESIDENT, ONE OF THE BED ROCK PRINCIPLES IN THE CONSTITUTION OF VIRGINIA FOR OVER 100 YEARS IS TO HAVE FREE PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND TO HAVE LOCAL CONTROL OF LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS BY THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS. THAT IS THE BED ROCK PRINCIPLE. THAT IS WHY OUR CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT IS REQUIRED HERE. THE CHANGE HAS BEEN IN THE CONSTITUTION OF VIRGINIA FOR WELL OVER 100 YEARS. AND IF LOT HE CAL SCHOOL BOARDS WANTED TO HAVE QUARTER COOLS WE SUSTAINED IT WASN'T 20 YEARS AGO, 14, 15, 16 YEARS AGO THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARDS TO ESTABLISH THERE IS A PROVISION FOR DOING CHARTER SCHOOLS. SO. AS I UNDERSTAND FROM WHAT I READ ABOUT NINE EXIST IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. NINE. THAT DOESN'T SAY THERE IS A BIG UP ROAR ABOUT HAVING CHARTER SCHOOLS. QUITE THE CONTRARY. THE FACT THERE ARE ONLY NINE TELLS US VOLUMES ABOUT THE LACK OF DEMAND FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS AND THAT IS PROBABLY BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT PEOPLE WHO STUDY CHARTER SCHOOLS SHOW THAT THEY DON'T PROVIDE ANY BETTER EDUCATION AND IN MANY CASES WORSE EDUCATION THAN THE LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS. MR. PRESIDENT, IF WE WERE TO ADOPT THIS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AND GO TO THE STUDENTS And THEY DECIDED TO SUPPORT IT AND PUT IT IN THE CONSTITUTION THIS WOULD BE THE RADICAL CHANGE IN WHAT HAS BEEN THE TRADITION OF VIRGINIA GOING BACK WELL OH 100 YEARS. THE CONSTITUTION IN 1903 AND CHANGED IN 1971, I BELIEVE, THE REQUIREMENT FOR FREE PUBLIC GOING BACK TO 1870 OR SO I SCHOOLS. BELIEVE IT WAS ANOTHER CONSTITUTION THAT ALSO REQUIRED FREE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. BUT AGAIN, EVERY TIME IT HAS BEEN LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS RUN BY THE LOCALITIES, REPRESENTING THE LOCAL SENTIMENT TO ESTABLISH AND GOVERN THE LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I WOULD HOPE, MR. PRESIDENT, WE WOULD NOT MAKE THIS MAD CAL CHANGE IN WHAT HAS BEEN A BED ROCK PRINCIPLE. IF THERE IS ANY DEMAND FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS THERE IS A STATUTORY PROVISION AND THE LOCALITIES CAN DO IT. THEY DON'T WANT TO DO IT FOR WHATEVER REASON. I WOULD MOVE WE DEFEAT THIS RESOLUTION. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT.

[Unknown]: MR. PRESIDENT, AND MEMBERS THE SENATE IT SEEMS A LOT OF THE ARGUMENTS YOU HEARD BEFORE ON THE SENATE BILL NOT THE RESOLUTION ON CHARTER SCHOOLS BE MORE THAN ENOUGH REASON TO VOTE AGAINST THIS. YOU HEARD THE STATISTICS FROM THE SENATOR FROM HAMPTON AND LISTENING TO WHAT SENATOR OBENSHAIN SAID THE SCHOOLS ARE WORKING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. THE STATISTICS DON'T BEAR THAT OUT. THEY DON'T EVEN COME LOT HE WAS TO BEARING THAT OUT. EVEN WHERE AT THE CLAIM AT THE ARE WORKING BETTER IT DEPENDS ON THE REGION WITHIN WHERE THE CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE. THEY FOR THE MOST PART KIND OF WORK BETTER IN MORE WELL DO AREAS. WE HAVE A WAY OF DEALING WITH THE SITUATION BUT RUNNING ROUGH SHOD OVER THE LOCAL SCHOOL WARDS IS NOT THE WAY TO DO IT. TO PUT IN IN THE CONSTITUTION WOULD BE A BIG MISTAKE BECAUSE THERE IS NO GOING BACK AFTER THAT. ONE OTHER THING I MIGHT TELL YOU, THE SENATE BILL THAT PASSED HERE 2119, JUST A FEW DAYS AGO, KEEP IN MIND AS TIME GOES ON THAT CAN BE AMENDED AND AMENDED AND AMENDED TO YANK MORE AND MORE CONTROL OUT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT. THE BILL THAT THE SENATOR INTRODUCED THAT IS JUST FOR STARTERS. I HAVE BEEN AROUND HERE LONG ENOUGH TO KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. I HAVE SEEN STUFF WHERE YOU START OUT SMALL AND THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW IT YOU DON'T RECOGNIZE A DECADE LATER WHAT YOU STARTED OUT WITH BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN TOTALLY CHANGED. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, CHARTER SCHOOLS WOULD BE IN DIFFERENT. IF YOUR AREA IS FINANCIALLY STRAPPED FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND PUBLIC SCHOOL MONEY YOU MIGHT WANT TO THINK TWICE ABOUT VOTING AGAINST THIS BILL. WEALTHIER AREA CAN MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE IN MONEY AND. DOES THIS BLEED THE SCHOOL BOARD MONEY DRY YOU WILL WISH YOU NEVER IT THAT. THERE ARE SEVEN DISTRICTS HERE AND I POINTED OUT THEY ARE MOSTLY IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA STARTING WITH SENATOR NEWMAN'S DISTRICT GOING ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FAR CORNER WHERE SENATOR CARRICO IS AND OVER TO INCLUDING THE SENATOR FROM ROANOKE CITY AND GOING OVER TO WHERE SENATOR RUFF'S DISTRICT. I ASKED SENATE FINANCE TO DO A RUN OF WHAT A PENNE OF TAX IN THE REAL ESTATE, ONE CENT WHAT DOES IT RAISE COLLECT BELY IN ALL 70 OF THE JURISDICTIONS COMBINED. IT WAS A LITTLE OVER 7 MILLIONED. IN 70 SOME DISTRICTS COMBINED. YOU THINK YOU GOT PROBLEMS NOW? WAIT 'TIL THEN. YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS IN MY AREA, IN MY COUNTY, ONE PENNY, ONE COUNTY, $23 MILLION. WHY YOU WOULD WANT TO DRAIN THE LOCAL EDUCATION BUDGETS IS BEYOND ME. I WOULD HOPE IT WOULD BE THE PLEASURE OF THE SENATE TO DEFEAT THE PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg): THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE SENATOR FROM NEWPORT NEWS.

[Unknown]: THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT.

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg): THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR.

[Unknown]: WE HEARD ON THE FLOOR WE ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING TO HELP OUR YOUNG PEOPLE BE SUCCESS ENVELOPE I DISAGREE. SCHOOL. WE SPENT THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS WITH SOL REFORM AND MOVING AWAY FROM MEMORY EXPECTATION TO CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS AND NOW ALLOWED ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS TO RETAKE SOL TESTS WHICH WILL HELP TEMPERATURE THEM PROVE ACCREDITATION. JUST THIS YEAR WE PASSED LEGISLATION THAT WOULD NOT PENALIZE STEW SCHOOLS WHEN A STUDENT OPTS OUT OF TAKING THE TEST. AND WE LAUNCHED A REDESIGN OF HIGH SCHOOL THAT IS GOING TO CONCENTRATE ON STUDENTS NOT ONLY BEING BETTER PREPARED NOT ONLY FOR COLLEGE BUT FOR A BETTER CAREER. WE ARE DOING IT AND TRYING TO EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN AND IT IS WORKING AND I HOPE WE CONTINUE ON THE REFORMS. THAT WILL THAT MPG YOU, SENATOR. THE SENATOR FROM BUCKINGHAM. SENATOR GARRETT.

Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg): THE RETHINKS BILL WAS MY BILL I WAS ACHY PATRON. THE SOL I WAS COPATRON. THAT EXISTS. WHAT ARE WE DOING FOR THE KIDS IN THE SCHOOLS FAILING THE KIDS. THIS IS SOMETHING. LET'S DO THIS. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT.

[Unknown]: THE SENATOR FROM ROCKINGHAM, SENATOR OBENSHAIN.

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg): CALM OF THINGS, MR. PRESIDENT. NUMBER ONE I WOULD ASK THE SENATOR FROM ROANOKE CITY THE AA RHETORICAL OLD QUESTION HOW MANY VIRGINIANS TO CHANGE A LIGHT BULB? THREE. ONE TO CHANGE THE LIGHT BULB AND THE OTHER TWO TO SIT AROUND AND TALK ABOUT HOW GOOD THE OLD LIGHT BULB WAS. WHEN THE CONSTITUTION AND IT WASN'T WRITTEN BY SOME OF WHOM ARE LISTED IN WRITTEN IN THE FRONT OF THE CHANGE. IT WAS WRITTEN BY A.D. DICK HOWARD FROM CHARLOTTESVILLE WHO IS STILL ALIVE. I DON'T KNOW HOW HE STANDS UP TO THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM FAIRFAX IN TERMS OF AGE BUT IN ANY EVENT HE AIN'T THAT OLD. BUT THIS IS NOT TURNING ANCIENT CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLES ON ITS HEAD. WE ONLY HAVE NINE, THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE WANT CHARTER SCHOOLS? IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT AT ALL. IT MEANS THAT THE DOOR IS CLOSED TO CAN CHARTER SCHOOLS IN VIRGINIA AND ANYBODY THAT WANTSS TO BRING INNOVATION AND CHARTER SCHOOLS TO HAVE VIRGINIA IT IS A WASTE OF TIME BECAUSE IT IS GOING TO BE DENIED AND THAT HAS BEEN THE CASE REPEATEDLY BORNE OUT. WANT TO TALK ABOUT STATISTICS. TALK ABOUT THE 2015 STUDY BY STANFORD THAT EXAMINE CHARTERED AND FOUND THAT THEY COLLECTIVELY PROVIDE A HIGHER LEVEL OF ANNUAL GROWTH IN BOTH MATH AND READING COMPARED TO THE IN TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS PEERS. 50 DAYS OF MATH AND 38 DAYS OF ADDITIONAL LEARNING IN READING AND THIS ECHOED THE 2013 REPORT LOOKING AT CHARTERS AND READING 87% OF THE CHARTERS DID AS WELL OR BETTER THAN THE TRADITIONAL COUNTERPARTS AND IN MATH 69% DID BETTER. IN VIRGINIA, A SURVEY DONE JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO SHOWS THAT NEARLY 70% OF VIRGINIANS WANT CHARTER SCHOOLS HERE IN THE COMMONWEALTH AND THAT IS THE CASE WHETHER YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT URBAN OR RURAL, PEOPLE ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. THESE ARE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THESE ARE PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS. WANT TO INTRODUCE INNOVATION IN EDUCATION IN VIRGINIA. LET QUIT TINKER AROUND THE EDGES AND TINKERING WITH THE LEARNING. LET'S BRING RADICAL REFORM FROM

Comments

Tom writes:

This is bad law and bad policy for many reasons including:

--It will inappropriately remove decision making from local school boards and governing bodies
--Charter schools will syphion resources from K-12 education
--Many charter schools lack accountability and transparency on staffing, on enrolling students, and on testing of students.

Decisions on establishing and funding a charter school are best made in each locality after input from the citizens directly affected. SJ6 will make government more distant from the people. It will be bad for democracy and bad education policy.

CarolynW writes:

Here are differences between Public Schools and Charter Schools:

CAHRTER SCHOOLS ARE:
....NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION FOR STUDENTS
....NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE BREAKFAST OR LUNCH FOR STUDENTS
....ARE REQUIRED TO SERVE STUDENTS FROM OTHER COUNTIES
....ALLOWED TO STRAY FROM THE TRADITIONAL 180 DAY SCHOOL CALENDAR
....ALLOWED TO HAVE NON-CERTIFIED TEACHERS
....ALLOWED TO EMPLOY TEACHERS ON SHORT TERM CONTRACTS.

PLEASE go to the web and google these articles (North Texas charter schools more likely to perform poorly, group's rankings find, The Dallas Morning News. They have 658 charter schools.) and this one Editorial, Jan. 9: Charter schools and accountability, Star News on line)read what the State of Texas and the State on North Carolina has to say about Charter Schools. "In North Carolina, The report, prepared by the State Department of Public Instruction, noted that charters tend to be more segregated than traditional public schools, either almost exclusively white or almost exclusively minority. It also found that charters accept a much lower percentage of low-income and disadvantaged students than traditional schools do."
Charter schools get state money to operate, but they aren't bound by many of the laws and regulations that conventional public schools have to abide by." "In Southeastern North Carolina, for example, we've seen that charters run by private, for profit companies have been remarkably secretive about how they spend taxpayer money. It's hard to tell, but it appears that some of them have been paying headmasters and administrators bloated salaries while doling out peanuts to the front line teachers."
"SOME REPUBLICANS, IT SEEMS, DON'T WANT TO HEAR ANYTHING ABOUT CHARTERS-OR ANY INCONVENIENT FACTS"
EMAIL OR CALL YOUR DELEGATE OR SENATOR AND TELL THEM TO VOTE NO ON NAY BILL HAVING TO DO WITH CHARTER SCHOOLS TODAY!!!!!
FOR MORE READING GOOGLE CHARLOTTE ISERBYT https://unmasker4maine.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/charlotte-iserbyts-articles-at-newswithviews-which-deal-directly-with-soviet-communism/

Carolyn Worssam

Jarica Davis writes:

Please see the data in the comments on HB3.
This constant effort to privatize public facilities is how Flint, MI ended up with the water crisis!
It was not about "saving money," at all. Gov. Snyder was trying to privatize the water utility.

https://www.richmondsunlight.com/bill/2016/hb3/

Richmond's first charter school, Patrick Henry, was DENIED accreditation this year.
Lots of fraud and abuse of funding in many charter schools, and some are actually
religious schools.

Rhonda Hening Davis writes:

I am opposed to SJ6. Charter schools suck the public money from localities to fund, essentially, private-styled, segregated, unaccountable and non-accessible facilities. As a Commonwealth, we should be working together to make all of our public schools places in which we can take pride. If charter schools begin to compete with our public school system's budgets, we know which schools will suffer as a result. Charter schools invite opportunities for abuse of student selection, teacher pay and advancement, and administrative excess. It is a bad idea, and I am opposed to my tax dollars being used for such a purpose.