For Immediate Release
PSBA Media Contact:
Annette Stevenson, chief communications officer
717.506.2450 ext. 3315

(Mechanicsburg, PA) Thursday, March 5, 2020 – The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) announces today that more than 100 school districts have now voted to adopt the resolution calling for charter school funding reform.

PSBA has been working to rally school board directors on this issue and bring strength to the collective voice. School districts from across the state (100+ and growing) have passed this resolution, supporting the much-needed change to an outdated funding equation.

A recent 2020 State of Education survey conducted by PSBA determined that more than 70% of Pennsylvania’s public school districts identified mandatory charter school tuition costs as one of their biggest sources of budget pressure, exceeding, for the first time in four years, the pressures affiliated with pension costs.

We congratulate these 100+ school districts for taking an actionable step to support and voice their need for change:

The school districts are paying costs aligned to the district's expenses and not the actual costs of the charter school or the dollars being dedicated by the charter school to the education of each student. In many instances, districts are spending millions of dollars in mandated payments paid annually to charter schools. We are appreciative of Governor Wolf's attention paid to this rising issue in his proposed budget. The support of the Governor and legislature will help right the imbalance and we will continue pushing forward until that occurs.

– Nathan G. Mains, PSBA chief executive officer

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PSBA is a nonprofit statewide association of public school boards, pledged to the highest ideals of local lay leadership for the public schools of the commonwealth. Now in its 125th year, PSBA was founded in 1895 as the first school boards association established in the United States.

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