On Monday, 2/27, the House Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education passed a charter school expansion bill that was amended to expand charters into these areas in Missouri: Jackson, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Louis, Boone, Buchanan, Camden, Cape Girardeau, Cass, Christian, Clay, Cole, Franklin, Greene, Jasper, Platte, St. Francois and Taney.
Over the last few weeks, people all across the state have been pushing back against HB 634 which would have expanded charter schools throughout the state of Missouri. Nearly 50% of charter schools fail within two years of being created and have cost the state more than $600 million in YOUR tax dollars.
Charter schools are not the answer for Missouri’s education needs. It is critical that you contact your Representatives to let them know your position regarding HB 634. I have seen a few very good models of charter schools and I believe it makes better sense to work toward fixing what’s broken before expanding an unreliable product throughout the state.