Did your rep. support the charter school lobby’s wish list?

On Tuesday, April 25th, the PA House passed HB 97 by a vote of 108-84. Click HERE to learn if your state representative supported or opposed HB 97. Ten Republicans and 74 Democrats voted against the bill. If your lawmaker opposed HB 97, please take a minute to make a call to say “thank you” for this vote in support quality public[…]

HB 97: Charter Reform that is Not Worth the 20-Year Wait

UPDATE: On April 25th,  the PA House passed HB 97 by a vote of 108-84.  It has been 20 years since the law that established charter schools in PA was enacted. Significant flaws in this charter school law have surfaced over the past two decades and legislators are now making what appears to be a[…]

$100M in Waste and Inefficiency & Segregation by Disability: It’s Time to #FixSpecialEdFunding

As Pennsylvanians rally to stop Betsy DeVos from becoming Secretary of Education (and Senator Pat Toomey tries his hardest to ignore us), we are working with a coalition of parents, disability rights advocates, faith leaders, and advocacy groups to build public pressure on our state lawmakers to fix an egregious flaw in PA charter law that mandates more than $100 million[…]

We have a budget for 2016-2017. What does it mean for schools?

The 2016-2017 PA budget is now complete. Yesterday a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the PA House and Senate approved a revenue package and Governor Wolf signed it into law. This budget provides an increase of $200 million for K-12 Basic Education Funding, $20 million for special education, and $30 million for early childhood education programs. Although this budget[…]

Important meeting in Chester-Upland TONIGHT about local school funding

Important meeting in Chester-Upland TONIGHT about local school funding. There is an important community meeting about local school funding tonight, at 6 pm at Chester High School.  Can you attend to support Governor Wolf’s proposal for a fair short term solution to a long term problem? The issue at stake is how to divide the money[…]

Changing PA’s Charter Law: What Is At Stake In SB 1085?

After 17 years, the PA legislature is considering making major changes to Pennsylvania’s charter school law.  Improvements to the law are long overdue, but unfortunately, the legislation in the Senate (SB 1085) will not improve PA’s charter school law. Instead, it would take local control away from communities and create massive new costs and new[…]

Pennsylvania’s Charter School Law MUST Be Reformed

For a downloadable pdf of this brief, please click here: fixing_pa_charter_law_brief_dec_2014.pdf For a summary on what was wrong with last year’s proposal (and what to watch for in the future) click here:sb_1085_1_pager_final_afterward.pdf Funding Pennsylvania must change the current system for funding charter schools that takes resources from one group of children and gives them to another[…]

Further analysis of proposal to convert 100% of York City Schools to charter schools needed

The York City School Board is considering a proposal to convert 100% of York City schools to charter schools. This is an extremely large scale and risky proposal that leaves the York City School District children and taxpayers at risk and the process is taking place in an alarmingly short timeframe. The school board received[…]