By Donna Siminski & Amanda Vega
On Thursday, March 26 Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan and Assemblywoman Mila Jasey introduced bill A4351 calling for a moratorium on charter school expansions of existing schools and a revocation of previously approved expansions. This is just their first step in stopping charter school growth altogether.
With over 20,000 students waiting for a seat in a charter, assembly bill A4351 threatens charter schools and families looking for high-quality education opportunities for their children.
The demand is there and our kids can’t wait. Sponsors Diegnan and Jasey don’t want parents to have choices when it comes to educational options for their children.
Our voices need to be heard by the Assembly Education Committee members. The constant attack on parental choice in poor urban communities must stop. This bill jeopardizes the only option many families have for ensuring that their children receive a quality education and are prepared for life.