Hilary Hammell Investigates Calif. Charter Schools

Skadden Fellow Hilary Hammell (’14) was quoted in an article in Education Week about several California charter schools that are making parent volunteering a prerequisite for student enrollment — a practice that is against state law (“Parent Volunteering Requirements at Calif. Charter Schools Illegal, Report Says,” November 20). Hilary’s organization, Public Advocates, led an investigation on the practice and found that of 500 charter schools studied, roughly 30 percent of them have a work quota for parents. According to the report, failure to fulfill the required number of service hours at those schools could mean a student won’t be allowed to re-enroll or graduate. “We think the state does need to clarify what the law says,” Hilary said. “We don’t necessarily think that all charter schools are bad actors.”