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Pennsylvania’s current method of funding cyber charter schools utilizes a flawed and outdated formula that results in inconsistencies and overpayments.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