The Education Committee is busy monitoring legislation and compares policy to the League public education positions.
The League stands for:
- Support a sound program for financing schools, and school programs, including civics curriculum, for students to develop their full potential.
- Support of a communication process involving all segments of the community within each school district.
- Support equal opportunity in education with continued efforts to achieve racial and socioeconomic balance and equality within city/county schools.
- Action to implement locally the state position of support for equal opportunity in education, access to quality programs, and adequate financing.
Position of League of Women Voters of Missouri on Charter Schools
March 2019 - The League opposes expansion of charter schools in the state for the following reasons.
- Charter schools are not held to the same standards as traditional public schools. They are "freed" from having to comply with most state regulations that are designed to ensure a minimum level of adequacy. For instance, 100% of faculty in traditional public schools must meet state certification standards, while only 80% of charter school faculty members must be appropriately certificated.
- Charter schools are not required to serve students with significant disabilities, students who are homeless, and students recently released from juvenile detention programs. As a result, public schools have a higher concentration of students that require significantly more resources.
- Charter schools lack accountability since they are governed by boards that are privately appointed, not elected. Such boards often employ private for-profit corporations to operate publicly funded charter schools.
- There is an unsubstantiated bias that charter schools are superior to traditional public schools and therefore provide parents with a better choice. The 10 worst-performing school systems in the state in 2017-18 were charter schools, according to 2017-18 APR data compiled by DESE.
- Charter schools take state dollars away from traditional public schools.