Legislative Priorities

Ask your legislators to support CPS’s  priority legislation. 

#StandUpForPublicEd

Ask your legislators to stand up for public education and support our seven public education bills!

Join us at the State House for our Legislative Breakfast
House Members Lounge, Rm 348
Wednesday, March 6, 9:30- 11 am
RSVP by clicking here.

These bills support CPS’s mission to promote, preserve and protect public education. Collectively, they would update the inadequate and inequitable K-12 school funding formula, stop the high stakes uses of standardized testing, inform parents about the amount and uses of testing in their children’s schools, bring accountability and transparency to charter schools, and guarantee that students have adequate time for recess.

CPS supports seven bills that support our three advocacy priorities for public education. Can you contact your state representative and ask them to cosponsor these bills?

Fully Fund Our Schools

  • PROMISE Act (HD.434/SD 101): An Act providing rightful opportunities and meaningful investment for successful and equitable education. The PROMISE Act is a landmark bill that is part of the #FundOurFuture” campaign. (Reps. Keefe/Vega) 

Click here to read the facts about two bills to Fund Our Future by funding our public schools, one for K-12 and one for higher education. 

Click here to sign a petition supporting the Fund Our Future legislative agenda. 

Charter School Reform

  • Ensuring charter school transparency and public accountability. (HD.1448) Requires charters to comply with same laws as regular public schools. (Rep. Vitolo)
  • Requiring local approval for charter schools. (SD.31) Requires local approval for any new Commonwealth charter schools. (Sen. Moore)

Less Testing, More Learning

  • Placing a moratorium on high stakes testing. (HD.3372) Would halt the use of standardized test results to make important decisions about students, teachers or schools. (Rep. Decker)
  • Clarifying parental rights in the administration of standardized tests. (HD.3899) Clarifies current law that parents have the right to opt their children out of certain testing requirements, and sets out protections to ensure that parents may exercise these important parental rights. (Rep. Malia)
  • Ensuring parental notification about testing. (HD.3949) An Act requiring school districts, with the assistance of the department of elementary and secondary education, to disclose information about required assessments (Rep. Malia)
  • Ensuring recess for elementary school children. (HD.3175) This legislation would mandate at least 20 minutes of unstructured free-play recess per school day for public school students in grades K-5. (Rep. Decker)

Join us at the state house on March 6!  And spread the word.  Thank you! 

#StandUpForPublicEd