The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) announced today, the release of a Charter School Task Force Report. The report is a result of a multiyear effort that began in December 2019, bringing together school board directors, superintendents and school solicitors to examine the state’s current charter school law, along with previous efforts to update the law. In addition, the taskforce examined data and conducted panel discussions with advocates and organizations representing different perspectives in order to develop a series of specific, balanced recommendations for meaningful charter school reforms.
The report explores how charter schools have grown since they were created in 1997, how charter schools are funded, and compares charter school spending and academic performance with that of traditional school districts.
In addition to funding issues, the task force discussed various concerns including the need for public access to data concerning charter school operations and performance, including budgetary and financial information, as well as public representation on charter school boards of trustees. The series of task force recommendations call for possible charter school law reforms to ensure accountability and transparency, savings in taxpayer resources and the assurance that taxpayers will be aware of how their public education dollars are being spent.