Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Ready for more Charters? Senate Hearing Tomorrow

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Senate Education Committee Hearing on Charter School Legislation
Thursday, August 25, 2011 10:00 AM Hearing Room 1 North Office Building
Senate Bill  904,

Charter school reform proposed by Legislature

State Rep. Tom Killion did not point to a study, survey or test scores when asked if he believed Pennsylvania's charter schools are outperforming traditional schools.
"There are 40,000 kids on the waiting list to get into charter schools in the city of Philadelphia and half the kids in Chester Upland are in charter schools," said Killion, R-168, of Middletown.
"That's all I've got to see."

Charter School Reform - Education Law Center Analysis
New charter school bills before the General Assembly (S.B. 904 and H.B. 1348) would repeal Pennsylvania's current charter school/cyber charter school law in its entirety and replace it with language that permits the unfettered expansion of charter schoolsthroughout the state, reduces accountability, and effectively removes all local control of charters, while continuing to redirect millions of dollars of public funding away from traditional public schools – when charters have been shown, on the whole, not to improve student performance any more than traditional public schools and in many charters, students have fared worse.

The following three items were submitted to the Senate Education Committee for this hearing as written comments on behalf of the Keystone State Education Coalition:

Commentary: In a rush for more charter schools?

Questions about the 144 failing schools list

Stanford CREDO Report on Charter School Performance in Pennsylvania, April 2011

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