Director note: Another year without substantive charter funding reform by the Pennsylvania General Assembly

Despite 409 locally elected school boards passing resolutions calling upon the General Assembly to meaningfully reform the existing flawed charter school funding system to ensure that school districts and taxpayers are no longer overpaying or reimbursing charter schools for costs that they do not have, the PA House and Senate have now finished for the calendar year without moving any substantive charter reform legislation.

The reconstituted Special Education Funding Commission released its report yesterday and recommended to the General Assembly adjustments to the state’s special education funding formula, according to co-chairs of the commission Senate Majority Appropriations Chairman Pat Browne (R-Lehigh), House Education Chairman Curtis Sonney (R-Erie) and Education Secretary Noe Ortega. However, I am not aware of any specific consideration or recommendations regarding charter school special education funding reforms.

The PA House will reconvene on Tuesday, January 04, 2022 at 12:00PM Non-Voting
The PA Senate will reconvene on Tuesday, January 04, 2022 at 11:50AM unless sooner recalled by the Pres. Pro Temp.