PSBA comments on PDE’s proposed regs for charter schools

PSBA has submitted comments to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission and the PA Department of Education generally supporting PDE’s proposed regulations for charter and cyber charter schools as a step in the right direction… More

PSBA opposes charter school expansion plan under House Bill 1685

PSBA opposes House Bill 1685 (Rep. Topper, R-Bedford), which allows significant unchecked charter school expansion with no public oversight and no consideration given to the quality of the charter school’s educational programs. It provides no real reform and only exacerbates the flaws and overpayments to charter schools. Among the key concerns: Charters can expand locations without authorizer approval or proof of academic quality… More

PDE proposes new regulations for charter, cyber charter schools

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has released proposed regulations for charter and cyber charter schools and is seeking public comment. The new regulation is established as a new Chapter 713 under Title 22, Part XX, of the PA Code… More

Charter school reform resolutions tops 400 PA school districts saying, “the time for reform is now!”

For Immediate Release Media contact for PSBA: Annette Stevenson Chief Communications Officer Pennsylvania School Boards Association Annette.Stevenson@PSBA… More

Charter School Taskforce Report Released: The Outcome of a Multiyear Effort Spearheaded by PSBA

For Immediate Release Media contact for PSBA: Annette Stevenson Chief Communications Officer Pennsylvania School Boards Association Annette.Stevenson@PSBA.org Charter School Taskforce Report Released: The Outcome of a Multiyear Effort Spearheaded by PSBA Mechanicsburg, PA (May 20, 2021) – The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) announced today, the release of a Charter School Task Force Report… More

Podcast available: PSBA Charter School Task Force

Meet the leaders behind PSBA’s Charter School Task Force and the Keystone Center for Charter Change at PSBA on a recent episode of Keystone Education Radio… More

PSBA’s Applauds Gov. Wolf’s Attention to Reforming PA Charter School Law

Media contact for Keystone Center for Charter Change at PSBA: Lawrence A. Feinberg, Director Larry.Feinberg@PSBA.org Media contact for PSBA: Annette Stevenson Chief Communications Officer Pennsylvania School Boards Association Annette.Stevenson@PSBA.org Mechanicsburg, PA (February 26, 2021) – The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) supports Gov. Wolf’s attention to the much-needed reform to Pennsylvania’s Charter School Law… More

Charter School Funding – Examining the 25% Myth

Do charter schools really receive 25% less funding per student than school districts? In 2018-19, Pennsylvania school districts in total spent over $2 billion in mandated payments to charter schools. And yet, as the need for charter school funding reform builds momentum, charter school advocates maintain that the system disproportionally benefits school districts… More

Charter School Funding Reform: Fair reforms will provide savings for districts

School leaders ask that the General Assembly reform the unfair system for charter school tuition. Every Pennsylvania school district, regardless of its size, location, and wealth, makes payments to these schools for resident students who are enrolled. The charter school funding formula has not been changed since it was created 23 years ago… More

100 School Districts and Growing: Charter School Funding Reform Resolution Adoption

For Immediate Release PSBA Media Contact: Annette Stevenson, chief communications officer annette.stevenson@psba.org 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… More