Pennsylvania’s Charter School Act of 1997 must be updated to reflect the current, vital role that charter schools offer parents and children. Two pieces of proposed legislation in the House Education Committee aim to reform charter school law, but each would have a very different outcome for parents and children seeking public school choice in the commonwealth.
House Bill 2352, introduced by state Rep. Thomas Killion, R-Delaware, mandates accountability and transparency for charter schools and would provide parents with more high-quality educational choices. The bill would create a strong, independent statewide authorizer to oversee charter schools and hold them to strict, consistent and effective standards.
The bill would foster high-performing charter schools, allowing them to seek 10-year renewals, while weeding out underperforming schools. HB 2352 establishes an unreserved, undesignated fund balance limit on charter schools, holding them to the same funding percentages as school districts.
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