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H.Con.Res. 96 (ih) Expressing the sense of Congress that the People's Republic of China [Introduced in House] ...
H. CON. RES. 95
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 2, 2001
Received and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
Supporting a National Charter Schools Week.
Whereas charter schools are public schools authorized by a designated public
body and operating on the principles of accountability, parental
involvement, choice, and autonomy;
Whereas in exchange for the flexibility and autonomy given to charter schools,
they are held accountable by their
sponsors for improving student achievement and for their financial and
Whereas 36 States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
have passed laws authorizing charter schools;
Whereas 35 States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
will have received more than $500,000,000 in grants from the Federal
Government by the end of the current fiscal year for planning, startup,
and implementation of charter schools since their authorization in 1994
under part C of title X of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of
1965 (20 U.S.C. 8061 et seq.);
Whereas 34 States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
are serving approximately 550,000 students in more than 2,150 charter
schools during the 2000 to 2001 school year;
Whereas charter schools can be vehicles both for improving student achievement
for students who attend them and for stimulating change and improvement
in all public schools and benefiting all public school students;
Whereas charter schools in many States serve significant numbers of students
with lower income, minority students, and students with disabilities;
Whereas the Charter Schools Expansion Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-278) amended
the Federal grant program for charter schools authorized by part C of
title X of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C.
8061 et seq.) to strengthen accountability provisions at the Federal,
State, and local levels to ensure that charter public schools are of
high quality and are truly accountable to the public;
Whereas 7 of 10 charter schools report having a waiting list;
Whereas students in charter schools nationwide have similar demographic
characteristics as students in all public schools;
Whereas charter schools have enjoyed broad bipartisan support from the
Administration, the Congress, State governors and legislatures,
educators, and parents across the Nation; and
Whereas charter schools are laboratories of reform and serve as models of how to
educate children as effectively as possible: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring),
(1) the Congress acknowledges and commends the charter
school movement for its contribution to improving our Nation's
public school system; and
(2) it is the sense of the Congress that--
(A) a National Charter Schools Week should be
(B) the President should issue a proclamation
calling on the people of the United States to conduct
appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities to
demonstrate support for charter schools in communities
throughout the Nation.
Passed the House of Representatives May 1, 2001.
By Martha C. Morrison,
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