National Charter Schools Week is a great opportunity for those of us who work with charter schools to reflect upon the previous year, assess the present and plan for the future. It is a time to connect with those in the movement in our state and around the country or make plans to do so like for instance to attend the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools National Conference in early July. Please consider joining me at this conference in
Advocating is about coming together to support your cause or idea. At WCSA, we advocate together as a membership organization for the Charter School Movement in Wisconsin and on behalf of the charter school movement nationally.
In addition, as we advocate for charter schools we also educate about the charter school movement. One question we continue to get asked is how is a Charter School different from a school voucher? There is much discussion and resulting confusion over the difference between public charter schools and school vouchers. These are, in fact, very different from each other. A school voucher gives a student some of the tax money the district would have
spent to educate that student, and allows the student to use the money to pay for tuition at a private or religious school.
Charter schools are always public schools. Always. They never charge tuition, and are NOT private schools. Charter schools bring innovation to Wisconsin public schools and work to revitalize public education in our state. Public charter schools are NOT associated with private schools or school vouchers in any way.
The WCSA focuses its efforts fully on public charter schools, and advocates on behalf of public charter schools.
Thanks again to all who advocated on behalf of the chartered school movement!