SNACS Families, Students, Staff Members NEEDED to Testify in the 80th Legislative Session before the Assembly Committee on Education via comments (link below) or in person on April 4th at 12:30 pm.
This bill was originally thought to be heard during the first week after spring break when Dr. Regan was planning to request family members and students to attend the Assembly Committee on Education hearings April 9th and 11th to testify against AB 462—a newly introduced charter school bill (last week) that proposes a moratorium on charter schools. This would not directly affect SNACS, however all families should have the right to exercise their voice and choose an education option that works for their children and not be forced to attend a specific school based on zoning and district generated property lines.
The right to choose your child’s education should be a fundamental right, not one imposed based on where you reside. Simply choosing to remain at your zoned school is still a choice. Such options support workforce development, and college/career readiness based on your families personal preferences, interests, and belief systems.
Charter schools are free public schools! SNACS is the first K-8 charter school in Nevada (application 1998-1999). This is back in the day when there were minimal computers and things like attendance was done with paper and pencil!!! During the past 21 years we have increased educational outcomes for families with the existence of charter schools. It creates a market economy that provides for the various needs of families, children, educators, and administrators.
The Washoe County School District (WCSD) sponsors SNACS. We have built a collaborative partnership with the WCSD and aim to compliment school district options. We love our small school community and think all families should have the right to choose where they attend school.
Please review the letter below drafted by the Charter School Association of Nevada Board (CSAN) regarding AB 462. We urge you to click the link below to submit your comments to the committee. Do not fret, no comment is too big or too small. Please consider posting comments for the Assembly Committee on Education to hear your comments.
We will keep you posted if the bill remains open next week and we plan to attend and testify in person. You may leave a comment and then testify next week as well, but there is no guarantee the bill will still be heard next week. Chairperson Thompson could call for a vote sooner than we anticipated.
ANYONE WISHING TO ATTEND IN PERSON TOMORROW SHOULD CONTACT DR. REGAN @ KREGAN@SNACS.ORG AND/OR MEET IN THE LOBBY OF THE LEGISLATURE AT APPROXIMATELY 11:30 am. Students are encouraged to wear SNACS attire and testify in opposition of a moratorium.
CSAN Letter to Charter School Leaders & Friends
Dear Charter School Leaders & Friends—
Tomorrow is the BIG DAY. A.B 462 (Charter Moratorium Bill) is being heard in the Assembly Education Committee. Please make YOUR VOICES be HEARD., by either attending the hearings or my emailing Committee members.
PLEASE note below CSAN’s Presentation to Committee [in pdf attached below], which was put together by CSAN lobbyists Sarah Adler and her team. Please act.
As you are aware, AB 462, which seeks to place a moratorium on charter schools, is being heard tomorrow in Assembly Education; the hearing starts at 12:30. If you are in attendance, please arrive to the building at 11:45 am for us to plan our order of speakers and fill the room. Wear school colors, uniforms, logos and looks of determination. ALWAYS be positive and polite, and be BRIEF – less than 2 minutes.
IN ADDITION, it is critical that as many parents, teachers, and students as possible use the link below to express their OPPOSITION to AB 462; add one or two sentences on why charter schools are important to student learning.
It will also be important to express your opposition to your personal Assembly member.
Attached is the CSAN Memorandum to Chair Thompson and Data Document we use to tell the accountability, quality, diversity, and cost avoidance story. This has been submitted as an exhibit and a copy will be provided to each Assembly Committee member.
CSAN Letter to the Assembly re: AB 462
SNACS Fast Facts – 2 page handout