PA cyber charter bill aims to partner with, not compete with districts

A new bill would aim to alleviate the tension between cyber charters and school districts in Pennsylvania by allowing the entities to partner with each other — while still preserving the option of school choice… More

Come early to conference for extra learning on equity and charter authorization

The PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference opens October 16. Come one day early to take advantage of these learning opportunities, offered on October 15, 10:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m. in the Cocoa Rooms at Hershey Lodge & Convention Center. Register now on myPSBA! Separate registration is required… More

Education groups praise Governor Wolf’s charter reforms

Governor Tom Wolf took executive action last week to improve quality, transparency and accountability of Pennsylvania’s charter schools to control costs and improve outcomes for students. Gov. Wolf also received support for his charter school actions from a variety of other legislators and education community leaders. Montco… More

PSBA Supports Governor Taking Steps to Address Charter Funding Issues

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 (Mechanicsburg, PA) – Today, Governor Tom Wolf is calling for reform of the currently flawed funding system for charter and cyber charter schools and strengthening accountability and transparency. PSBA is pleased to see the Governor take action both by pushing much needed regulatory reform and proposing comprehensive legislation… More

Innovation schools? Why a new category of school in PA?

Amid a flurry of action before summer recess this year, state lawmakers created a new category of public school — with little warning or open debate — that seems designed to benefit one charter school in Philadelphia. They're called “innovation schools… More

Cameras, counselors and yoga — how PA schools spent an unprecedented flood of safety and security cash

Through a Right-to-Know request, one organization obtained summaries of what 231 districts, charter schools and technical schools plan to purchase with their safe schools grants. The summaries provide insight into how school districts have adjusted priorities – and they shed light on how the modern, fortified school building looks and feels. WHYY, Aug… More

Urban district leaders protest proposed charter law changes, call for more funds

Leaders of 10 urban school districts in Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite, traveled to the State Capitol this week to oppose pending charter school legislation that they say would wreck their capacity to plan financially and weaken their ability to monitor charters’ performance… More

Schools strained by cyber options

Facing deep budget deficits owed in large part to state mandates including cyber charter school tuition, the Altoona Area and Hollidaysburg Area school boards last week both dreamt about the potential impact of legislation that would drastically reduce their costs of cyber charter school tuition… More

All six Adams school districts demand cyber funding reform

On the playing field, Adams County’s six public school districts compete with one another. But one topic — funding for cyber charter schools — united school officials during a public forum Thursday night, said Gettysburg Times Managing Editor Alex Hayes, who moderated. Gettysburg Times, May 10, 2019 (Subscription may be required… More

School leaders in Philly and Pittsburgh frustrated with Corbett-era holdovers on state board

A wave of progressive school board members faces off with the state Charter Appeal Board, still filled with appointees of former GOP Gov. Tom Corbett. Local boards are being more assertive about setting stricter standards for charter applications… More