Charter School Tuition Gets Statewide Attention

The Tube City Almanac by Adam Reinherz, May 31, 2022

With charter school tuition payments rising faster than enrollments, public school districts are asking the Pennsylvania state legislature for relief. According to Pennsylvania’s quarter-century-old law, charter schools do not charge students tuition. Instead, the majority of charter school funding comes from each student’s district of residence. But local charter school officials said that their facilities serve poor students and fill vital educational needs in the communities where they operate. One local charter administrator who asked not to be identified by name said their school and others like it are getting “a bad rap.” McKeesport Area School District Superintendent Mark Holtzman Jr. is one of the local officials who have been calling attention to the expense that public school systems incur from charters.

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