WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) co-sponsored a House Resolution to safeguard the educational freedom of America’s students and families. Earlier this year, the Department of Education announced new rules overhauling the 28-year-old, bipartisan Charter School Program (CSP). The changes would place federal, one-size-fits-all requirements on charter schools, making it difficult — if not impossible — for many of these high-quality public schools to receive funding. The House Resolution nullifies the Biden Administration’s rule using the Congressional Review Act, a 1996 law that allows Congress to overturn executive branch regulations.
“Charter schools open the door to opportunity for millions of kids across the country – regardless of race, income, or zip code,” said Rep. Owens. “The Biden Administration’s bureaucratic hurdles will only hurt the academic progress of students in Utah and across the country.”
In May, Owens co-signed a letter to Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on the proposed rule change.