PSBA Special Report: The Critical Need for Charter School Reform

PSBA has released a new special report the critical need for charter school reform. Click here to read the full report.

Charter schools were created in Pennsylvania in 1997 as an educational experiment based on the premise that if you give educators more flexibility to innovate, achievement will increase. After more than 15 years of “experimenting” with charter schools in the commonwealth, it is time to update the Charter School Law. PSBA, educators and taxpayers know it is time for increased charter school accountability, changes that account for the fundamental differences between brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, and the addition of provisions that would hold charter schools to a higher academic standard.

In its report, PSBA outlines a number of specific and necessary changes to Charter School Law that reflect school director experience and feedback how to create equitable educational circumstances for all public schools and their students. PSBA believes the areas that need to be addressed include student and financial accountability, revision of the special education charter funding formula, governance and transparency, enhancements to charter school authorizers’ oversight practices, and enrollment caps.

PSBA continues to work with legislators to put meaningful charter reform into place. With more than $1.3 billion leaving traditional schools for charters and cyber charters last year, it is critical that taxpayer money is spent wisely. The common-sense reforms suggested in this report will save taxpayers millions of dollars and provide a better education for our students.

Side note: The Senate Education Committee is scheduled to discuss House Bill 530 today. PSBA has concerns with this legislation as currently drafted.

CONTACT: Steve Robinson, Sr. Director of Communications
(O) 717-506-2450 x-3315,  steve.robinson@psba.org