Charter Schools Week

President Obama issued a proclamation designating May 1-7, 2011, as National Charter School Week.

Read the text below or at the White House website.

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                                                          April 29, 2011



In communities across our country, successful public charter schools help put children on the path to academic excellence by harnessing the power of new ideas, ground-breaking strategies, and the collective involvement of students, parents, teachers, and administrators. During National Charter Schools Week, we recognize these institutions of learning and renew our commitment to preparing our children with the knowledge and skills they will need to compete in the 21st century.

The unique flexibility afforded to charter schools places them at the forefront of innovation and in a unique position to spark a dialogue with other public schools on how to organize teaching and learning and enhance curricula. As part of our strategy for strengthening public education, my Administration has supported charter schools and rewarded successful innovation, encouraging States to improve their laws and policies so students can thrive.

Equally important to a world-class education system are actions taken by charter school authorizers and the charter community itself to strengthen effectiveness and deliver results that improve educational outcomes. My Administration will continue to encourage meaningful accountability, including closure of low-performing charter schools and replication of advances and reforms made at high-performing charter schools.

In order to win the global competition for new jobs and industries, we must win the global competition to educate our children. At their best, charter schools provide us with an opportunity to meet this challenge and produce the next generation of great American leaders.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 1 through May 7, 2011, as National Charter School Week. I commend our Nation’s charter schools, teachers, and administrators, and I call on States and communities to support charter schools and the students they serve.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

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  1. To launch a charter school is a major accomplishment and to run a successful
    charter school is a landmark. Exceptional educational opportunities for children in
    America will be the key to a productive society with less social ills. If we are not
    willing to support the President with Race To The Top, our country will suffer tremendous
    losses. The losses will become a slow leak from every industry that requires reading, writing and
    critical assessment skills. Remember, we were all second graders at one time or the other.

  2. It’s official. The government backs hedge fund managers and billionaire foundation graft at the expense of our children. Lack of research is evident. Lack of historical context is evident. The shame of the nation is the privatization of our public institutions. The legacy of this administration is the destruction of public education as they sell out to corporate charter schools – public in name only.

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