- Removes the "double dip" for pension costs, creating an estimated savings of $510 million by 2016-17. Currently, a school district's cost for retirement is not subtracted from expenditures; thereby setting up a "double dip" for charter schools since state laws guarantees them state reimbursement for their retirement costs.
- Eliminates non-instructional services from tuition payment to charters. HB 2364 removes expenditures for athletic funds, nonpublic school programs and services, and tuition payments for charter schools from the charter tuition calculation as they are unrelated to charter operational costs.
- Limits unassigned fund balances for charter and cyber charter schools consistent with traditional public schools.
- Funding for special education students would be set as the actual cost of service, based on a year-end audit.
- Reimbursement to charter schools would be capped at the same level that school districts receive from the state.
- The resident school district would have the option to provide the service at the district's expense in lieu of paying the charter school special education formula rate.
- A year-end audit and reconciliation process would be established to ensure charter schools are being paid for actual cost of providing educational services to students.
- Audits would be public information, addressing the need for transparency by all parties engaged in charter schools, including educational service providers and contractors.
- Provisions to protect against possible financial or other types of conflicts of interest between charter school boards and local, state officials and others.
- Provisions to streamline administrative processes such as determining residency of the student.
- Provisions regarding truancy place responsibility with the charter school.
"The average cost for a charter school student's education is $5,000," said Wagner. "Districts on average pay about $10,000. Whenever you hear an ad on the radio for a charter school, that's your extra taxpayer money at work."
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A lot of this stems from the recent harsh budget and curriculum cuts proposed by the district. The plan is to save $4 million — only a fraction of what they actually owe — by dropping pink slips on a lot of teachers and eliminating the tradition of “special” classes in music and art for elementary school kids, tech and language specials in the middle schools, and phys ed for elementary kids.
Oh, and they’re also raising taxes, something that has not seemed to raise anywhere near the hackles that the loss of the “specials’ has.
Your school board is invited to submit proposals for consideration for PSBA’s 2013 Legislative Platform. The association is accepting proposals now until Friday,
Last year, PSBA created a new award to honor the memory of its long-term chief lobbyist, who died unexpectedly. The Timothy M. Allwein Advocacy Award may be presented annually to the individual school director or entire school board to recognize outstanding leadership in legislative advocacy efforts on behalf of public education and students that are consistent with the positions in PSBA's Legislative Platform. The nomination process is now open and applications will be accepted until