A bill that would substantially revise Pennsylvania's charter school law for the first time since its inception nearly twenty years ago is being hotly debated in the capitol. Charter school advocates are couching the bill as a fair compromise, while traditional school advocates say it's an unwise overreach. Republican legislative leaders have been pushing for the bill to be included in any broader deal that would boost state revenues, Senate leaders though have said they are not willing to let it derail budget talks. On Sunday night, Gov. Tom Wolf agreed to allow a $31.5 billion spending plan to become law without first figuring out how to pay for it. As leaders work towards a revenue package compromise, a charter school policy debate has been swirled within the larger talks. Two decades after its inception, there's wide agreement that the current charter law has fallen well behind the times.
PlanCon advisory committee looks at flexible approach to school construction projects
The PLS Reporter July 13, 2016 PAYWALL
The Public School Building Construction & Reconstruction Advisory Committee met early Tuesday to hear an overview of the PlanCon process and discuss possible changes to the system. The advisory committee was formed under Act 25 of 2016, which was the Fiscal Code bill accompanying the FY 2015-2016 budget bill that became law without the governor’s signature in April and is tasked with examining the PlanCon program, determining its deficiencies, and how it can be improved.
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By Molly Born / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette July 13, 2016 12:00 AM
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