PSBA Legislative Priority Issue: Enact Meaningful Charter School Reforms
Pennsylvania School Boards Association
PSBA believes that the state must enact comprehensive reforms to address areas of charter school operations, accountability and funding. The average Pennsylvania school district spends millions of dollars in taxpayer money annually in mandatory payments to brick-and-mortar and cyber charter schools. The current charter school funding formula was established in 1997 under the state’s Charter School Law and has not been changed in the 24 years since it was first created. The formulas for regular and special education programs are unfair because they based on a school district’s expenditures and not what it actually costs to educate a child in the charter school.
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