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

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

Mechanicsburg, PA (May 25, 2021) – The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) announces today that more than 400 school districts have adopted a charter school reform resolution calling for change to the 24-year-old charter school law. This announcement comes just in time for the Charter Reform Virtual Rally event happening today that has more than 200 PSBA members coming together to advocate and ensure that the General Assembly hears their concerns. The day’s outreaches will focus on asking legislators to change the unbalanced charter school funding formula that hurts school districts, students and taxpayers by misallocating education resources.

“With more than 80% of Pennsylvania’s 500 public school districts collectively calling for change through the adoption of a formal resolution, we’ve reached a significant tipping point,” said Nathan Mains, PSBA’s chief executive officer. “The need for charter school reform has reached a critical state and the locally elected leaders of more than 400 school districts are telling the General Assembly that the change must come now,” Mains added.

In addition to the support Gov. Wolf and some legislators have already given the charter funding issue, PSBA would like to thank all school districts who have joined the collective voice, with special thanks to the school districts that recently pushed the number to over 400! For a complete list of school districts who have adopted a charter reform resolution, visit the PA Charter Change website.

398 – Southwestern School District in York County

399 – Moon Area School District of Allegheny County

400 – Pottsgrove School District of Montgomery County

401 – Galeton School District of Potter County

402 – Williamsburg Community School District of Blair County

403 – Lewisburg Area School District of Union County

404 – Conestoga Valley School District of Lancaster County

405 – Tyrone Area School District of Blair/Huntington Counties

406 – Everett Area School District of Bedford County

407 – New Brighton Area School District of Beaver County

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. Founded in 1895, PSBA now more than 125 years old was the first school boards association established in the United States.