WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) joined U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and 20 of their Republican colleagues in introducing Congressional Review Act (CRA) legislation to nullify new rules proposed by the Biden administration which would add burdensome requirements to charter schools seeking funding.
Earlier this year, the Department of Education overhauled the 28-year-old, bipartisan Charter School Program (CSP). The Biden administration’s new changes would place federal, one-size-fits-all requirements on charter schools, making it difficult — if not impossible — for many high-quality public schools to receive funding. Despite substantial bipartisan backlash, the administration is moving ahead with its plans, which will strip families of education choice and give more power to bureaucrats in D.C.
Sen. Johnson has been a key advocate for charter schools and educational choice for families. In April, Sen. Johnson joined his colleagues in urging the Department of Education to reconsider their proposed rules redefining the Charter Schools Program (CSP). In May, Sen. Johnson joined a bipartisan resolution celebrating National Charter Schools Week and commending charter schools on their contribution to education.
Sens. Johnson and Scott are joined on the resolution by Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and John Cornyn (R-Texas), James Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.).
The full text of the CRA can be found here.