A group of not-for-profit charter school organizations from across the country wrote a letter to President Trump about his proposed budget. Among the schools that co-signed the letter include Aspire Public Schools and Summit Public Schools; both organizations serve West Contra Costa students locally.

“In the “skinny budget” that the White House released this month, President Trump offered $168 million in new funds for charter schools. As public charter school operators, we appreciate the proposed investment in new schools like ours.

But we cannot support the president’s budget as proposed, and we are determined to do everything in our power to work with Congress and the administration to protect the programs that are essential to the broader needs of our students, families and communities.

Budgets are statements of priorities, and this one sends a clear message that public education is not a top priority.”

Read the full letter here