Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cosponsorship memo: Charter and Cyber School Law Overhaul

Senators Piccola, Dinniman and Williams have circulated a memo dated March 8, 2011 seeking cosponsors for proposed legislation that would overhaul the charter school and cyber charter school laws. 
Here's the memo: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/CSM/2011/0/7762.pdf
Provisions noted in the memo include:
Creates a Statewide Commission for Charter Schools and Cyber Charter Schools
Improves accountability and transparency
Expands the entities that can legally authorize a charter school
Allows for easier conversion of existing public schools to charter schools
Streamlines the process by which charter schools are formed, evaluated and renewed
Streamlines the process by which charter schools are funded
Creates an advisory committee to review funding and make recommendations

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