Posted on April 30, 2003
WASHINGTON — With four Tennessee charter schools set to open this fall, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander today celebrated National Charter Schools Week at the Capitol. Alexander, former U.S. Secretary of Education and honorary co-chairman for this year's Congressional Salute to Charter Schools, participated in the Center for Education Reform's "A Lesson on Capitol Hill" event at the Rayburn House Office Building. Alexander spoke to and answered questions from high school seniors of Friendship Edison and Booker T. Washington public charter schools in Washington, D.C. "When I was education secretary for the first President Bush, I wrote a letter to school superintendents across the country urging them to create charter schools," Alexander said. "Today there are 2,700 charter schools where teachers, principals, parents and students have the flexibility to use their common sense to create the best schools possible." This week, April 28 through May 1 is the 4th Annual National Charter Schools Week. The first charter law was passed in the United States in 1991, and the first charter school opened in 1992.