Important Information for our Charter School. We need to tell our representatives to vote for Bill H557.
Use this sample letter to send to your representatives, asking to support Bill H557. Or cut and paste the text here and copy into the body or your email.
Use the email addresses in this file to send your sample letter. Cut and paste all of the emails into your TO: line when you compose your email. They are already comma separated.
April 26, 2015
Dear Thunderbird Preparatory Families,
As your Managing Director/Principal, I would like to bring the following to your attention:
Charter schools need your help. Expense funding is an ongoing challenge for charter schools. A bit of history tells the story. Some years ago charters discovered that the educational money was not being shared according to the 1996 Charter School Law. Charters banded together and brought legal action for the districts to share fairly. The courts ruled a number of times that the charters were right and ordered the districts to share the money applying two core concepts. Many felt that the educational expense money should follow the child regardless of the public school they attend. That amount of money should be a full share of the funds, regardless of the public school they attend, traditional or charter. That victory did not last long.
In 2003 and 2010 the Nesbitt and Hackney amendments were passed allowing local expense funds to be funneled out before distribution to charter schools. Immediately the funding to charter schools decreased. A recent estimate indicated charters now operate with close to 75%-80% of the funding per child compared to the amount of money provided to those attending traditional public schools. I have been told that this means that charter students overall receive more than $25 million less in local funding annually, or roughly $220 less per student in Charlotte-Mecklenburg area and surrounding counties.
On April 2, 2015, Bill H557 was filed in the NC House of Representatives. H557 would basically repeal the Nesbitt/Hackney amendments. This would restore the funding for charters to the share intended in the 1996 Charter School Law. Right now H557 sits in the Appropriations Committee in the NC House. The bill needs to be brought to a vote on the House floor and send it to the Senate in order to proceed. Whether that happens depends on the citizens of NC. Citizens must let them know the importance of H557.
What do we need to do to get this passed?
Citizens need to send emails and call House members asking for their support of H557 this week. Attached is a list of every House member with contact information. If you are in support, please focus on contacting House members who serve on the Appropriations Committee and/or House Leadership. If you have personal connections to local House members, contact them and urge them to support H557. If you are in support, then contact as many representatives as you can by phone or email. This needs to happen now in order for it to proceed. Two weeks from now could be too late. If the House Leadership and the Appropriations Committee do not hear voices, they might assume this is not important and H557 could fail from a lack of support or attention. Attached is the contact list and a sample email you may use to craft your own letter for those in support. More updates will be coming to you as progress on this bill is made.
Additionally, I have included a parent sample letter. Remember that numbers count so if you elect to participate, I advise you to email individually rather than with groups of names.
Thunderbird Preparatory Academy
Read the Bill here (This link will take you to the ncleg.net website)
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