100+ School Districts Call for Gov. Wolf’s Charter Reforms

first_imgBelle Vernon Area School DistrictBellwood-Antis School District California Area School DistrictCanon-Mcmillan School District Penncrest School DistrictPeters Township School District Middletown Area School DistrictMidd-West School District Altoona Area School DistrictAthens Area School District Sharon City School DistrictSomerset Area School District Bensalem Township School DistrictBethlehem Area School District Conneaut School DistrictConnellsville Area School District Coudersport Area School DistrictCranberry Area School District Gateway School DistrictGreater Latrobe School District Jersey Shore Area School DistrictKeystone Central School District Duquesne City School DistrictElk Lake School District Charleroi Area School DistrictConemaugh Valley School District Stroudsburg Area School DistrictSusquehanna Community School District Albert Gallatin Area School DistrictAllegheny-Clarion Valley School District March 05, 2020 Forest Area School DistrictForest City Regional School District Erie City School DistrictFannett-Metal School District Bradford Area School DistrictBrownsville Area School District Muhlenberg School DistrictNeshannock Township School District Education,  Press Release Leaders of more than 100 school districts across Pennsylvania have called on the legislature to enact Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed Charter School Law reforms. These changes would allow school districts to reinvest an additional $280 million into their classrooms while ensuring charter schools are held accountable for the quality of education they provide.“Every child in Pennsylvania deserves the opportunity to receive a high-quality education, but our current law allows some charter schools to perform poorly at the expense of students enrolled in traditional district schools,” said Gov. Wolf. “My charter school law proposal will benefit all students while helping to ensure all schools are held to the same quality and ethics standards.”Gov. Wolf’s package of policy and budget initiatives include applying the special education funding formula to all charter schools, establishing a statewide cyber charter tuition rate, and improving the tuition redirection process. The changes will better align payments made to charter schools with the actual cost of educating students. Clarification of the redirection process will increase fairness, accountability, and transparency.Taxpayers spent $1.8 billion on charter schools last year, including more than $500 million on cyber charter schools. The rising cost of charter schools is draining funding from traditional public schools, which has forced cuts to classroom programs and property tax increases.A recent 2020 State of Education survey conducted by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) determined that more than 70 percent of Pennsylvania’s public school districts identified mandatory charter school tuition costs as one of their biggest sources of budget pressure.“The charter funding issue is not a new budget challenge, but it is a significant and rising one and its imbalance is causing grave issues for the school districts,” said PSBA Chief Executive Officer Nathan G. Mains. “We appreciate and support Governor Wolf’s attention paid to this in his budget proposal. We are proud of our more than 100 school districts that have adopted the resolution calling for charter school funding reform. Our work will continue until the situation is righted and we are appreciative to have the support of the governor.”The 108 school districts voicing their need for Charter School Law reform are: The School District of Haverford TownshipThe School District of Lancaster West Middlesex Area School DistrictWest Shore School District Indiana Area School DistrictInterboro School District Upper Dublin School DistrictUpper St. Clair Township School District Montoursville Area School DistrictMount Pleasant Area School District Southern Columbia Area School DistrictSouthern York County School District 100+ School Districts Call for Gov. Wolf’s Charter Reforms Highlands School DistrictHopewell Area School District Pittsburgh School DistrictQuakertown Community School District Northern Cambria School DistrictNorthern Tioga School District Oil City Area School DistrictOswayo Valley School District Wallingford-Swarthmore School DistrictWashington School District West York Area School DistrictWilliam Penn School District Ridgway Area School DistrictRinggold School District Northgate School DistrictNorwin School District West Chester Area School DistrictWest Jefferson Hills School District Lackawanna Trail School DistrictLakeland School District Cornell School DistrictCorry Area School District York Suburban School DistrictYough School District Otto-Eldred School DistrictPanther Valley School District Rochester Area School DistrictSayre Area School District Parkland School DistrictPenn Cambria School District Mifflin County School DistrictMillcreek Township School District Laurel Highlands School DistrictLeechburg Area School District South Fayette Township School DistrictSoutheastern Greene School District Central Greene School DistrictCentral Valley School District Delaware Valley School DistrictDerry Area School District Hazleton Area School DistrictHempfield Area School District Jamestown Area School DistrictJefferson-Morgan School District Wilmington Area School DistrictWoodland Hills School District North Hills School DistrictNorthampton Area School District Fort Leboeuf School DistrictFrazier School District Schuylkill Valley School DistrictShamokin Area School District Uniontown Area School DistrictUpper Darby School District Carbondale Area School DistrictCentral Columbia School District SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img

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