Pennsylvania's process for approving charter schools pits would-be school reformers against traditional school districts eager to protect their money and enrollments — a situation that isn't likely to change soon, advocates on both sides say. State law directs districts to approve charter schools to which they must give up millions in per-pupil state funding. Educators and legislators agree the process is contentious and offers no incentive for budget-pinched districts to feed their competition. “The intent of the charter school law really was to provide educational opportunities for students that did not exist in our traditional public schools ... to look for ways to do things better and save money,” said Linda Hippert, executive director of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, which represents 42 districts. “We seem to have lost sight of those goals.”
While a “pass the trash” bill designed to prevent teachers accused of sexual misconduct from quietly resigning and moving to another district has stalled in the state House, a bill with similar intentions is being pushed on the national level by U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Lehigh Valley. Toomey introduced Senate Bill 1596, the “Protecting Students From Sexual and Violent Predators Act” last October. It is intended to set uniform minimum background check requirements for all public schools nationwide, Toomey Press Secretary Steve Kelly said. Kelly cited a Government Accounting Office report released in January on how federal agencies could support state efforts in preventing sexual child abuse by school personnel. “Five states don’t have any background check laws at all,” Kelly said.
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