Recommendations for meaning charter school reform 

Meaningful charter school reform has been a legislative priority of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) and its members in each of the last several legislative sessions. To provide the General Assembly with a set of policy recommendations for charter reform, PSBA convened a task force of its members and charter school experts to study the issue and formulate a set of specific recommendations for charter school reform.

After a series of meetings and discussions, the task force developed a set of recommendations which would provide school districts and taxpayers with savings and greater awareness of how charter schools are utilizing public resources, as well as providing for greater accountability of charter schools.

Download Recommendations for meaning charter school reform 

A Closer Look: It’s time to reform special education payments for charter schools

Charter schools are still paid using a flawed formula that does not reflect what they are spending to educate their students with disabilities, resulting in millions of dollars in overpayments.

Download A Closer Look: It’s time to reform special education payments for charter schools

A Closer Look: Why it’s time to change the cyber charter funding system

Pennsylvania’s current method of funding cyber charter schools utilizes a flawed and outdated formula that results in inconsistencies and overpayments.

Download A Closer Look: Why it’s time to change the cyber charter funding system

A Closer Look: Do charter schools really receive 25% less funding per student than school districts?

In 2018-19, Pennsylvania school districts in total spent over $2 billion in mandated payments to charter schools. 

Download A Closer Look: Do charter schools really receive 25% less funding per student than school districts? 

United States Government Accountability Office: Report to Congressional Requesters​

K-12 Education: Department of Education Should Help States Address Student Testing Issues and Financial Risks Associated with Virtual Schools, Particularly Virtual Charter Schools

Virtual charter schools—public charter schools that operate entirely or mostly online—largely depend on self-paced, asynchronous (accessed at any time) instruction and often rely on parents to act as instructors, according to GAO’s review of a nationally representative sample of virtual charter school websites and interviews with school officials. Officials told GAO that families may choose these schools partly for these reasons, but students can struggle with the level of independence and parents can find the time commitment overwhelming. Virtual charter schools had significantly lower proficiency rates on states tests compared to other school types. 

Click here to download the full report.

COVID Impact Part III: Districts Focus on Student Needs

The Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA), the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) and the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools (PARSS) released their Winter 2022 School District Budget Report on Monday, January 31, 2022.

This budget report recounts stories and insights gathered from superintendents, school business officials, and others involved in school business operations throughout the Commonwealth.  The report illustrates how school districts across the Commonwealth find themselves navigating a new normal – working through the lasting effects of the pandemic while addressing student needs, battling increases in mandated costs, massive statewide educational labor shortages, significant supply chain issues, and stringent requirements associated with ESSER funding.

Click here to download the full report.