SACRAMENTO (January 31, 2012) - Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) defended California Charter Schools by voting against AB 1172, which passed out of the Assembly on a party-line vote Monday. The bill makes it easier for a school district to deny a charter school petition if the local school district determines that a charter school would have a "negative fiscal impact" on that school district.
"It continues to astound me that this Legislature continues its assaults on Charter Schools, that have proven time and again to provide a wonderful alternative for parents to assure their children receive a quality education," said Nielsen. "Since the government will not get its act together and pass meaningful reforms that will improve the quality of education in our state, we ought not to prevent dedicated parents and teachers who have taken the matter into their hands. Instead, we should be doing whatever we can to empower parental choice in education, not discourage it with bills like AB 1172."