The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) and the Keystone Center for Charter Change highlighted today that 387 of the 500 Pennsylvania school districts have adopted a charter reform resolution. School officials are building steam behind the call for charter school funding reform and accountability. The outdated and flawed charter school law is long overdue for change and presently it is causing public school districts to overpay charter schools by millions of taxpayer dollars in the form of mandated tuition payments.
On the heels of Governor Wolf’s charter reform plan, which would save taxpayers over $229 million a year, more than 77% (to date) of all PA school boards have ensured their voices will be heard by formally adopting a resolution. From some of these districts, their comments reflect the challenges:
Many school districts in Pennsylvania had ongoing cyber learning programs before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, but now even more districts have firsthand calculations to reference for real costs incurred to educate students virtually.
The need for change transcends funding. Accountability too is being called into question. To see how charter schools are faring in academic performance and for data representing the proficiency gap between school districts and charter schools on state assessments go to PACharterChange.org.