The General Assembly is preparing to push charter expansion legislation under House Bill 530 all the way through in this final week of voting for the 2015-16 legislative session and send this bad bill to Gov. Wolf. Conversations in the House and Senate are happening now to fast-track this bill to the governor’s desk by the end of the week.
Please ask your colleagues to do the same. Bill could be fast-tracked and run through the legislature in as little as 48 hours.
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Charter expansion bill #HB530 is all tricks, no treats for Pennsylvania taxpayers
The notebook Commentary by Lawrence A. Feinberg October 21, 2016 — 11:47am
Halloween is just around the corner, but there is something far scarier in the halls of the Pennsylvania State Capitol than any zombie that comes knocking on your door. While private charter operators could potentially get a big treat in the form of House Bill 530, the rest of us will be holding a bag full of tricks. And sadly, the ones who will suffer are our kids.
With only a few days left on the legislative calendar, lawmakers are trying to push through charter expansion with HB 530. Those in favor are dressing it up in the best costume they have and passing it off as charter school reform. It is anything but. The state’s most recent School Performance Profile scores show that only 22 percent of charters achieved a score of 70 or higher, the level that state education officials view as acceptable. So why are legislators so quick to allow unchecked expansion of these schools, wasting of tax dollars?
There are many good charter schools out there. They serve as a valuable piece of the education puzzle in our state. But the lack of accountability and transparency is something that taxpayers should not tolerate.
The Truth About Pennsylvania’s House Bill 530
PSBA Video Published on Oct 21, 2016 Runtime 2:14
The Pennsylvania legislature is considering House Bill 530 which is being labeled by some as a “charter school reform” bill. This video takes a deeper dive at the impact and implications of the legislation.
HB 530 allows charters to continue to reap more than $100 million in profits off overpayments for students with disabilties every year.
HB 530 fails to protect taxpayers and strips control from local communities by enabling the expansion of charter schools with less accountability and without the approval of local school boards.
Tell your state senator, representative, and Governor Wolf to oppose HB 530.
Pennsylvanians don't need lawmakers to sneak through terrible legislation in the last few days of the legislative session. We need real charter school reform that will fix the flaws in the current law, protect taxpayers and strengthen public education.
1) Save taxpayers money by changing the cyber funding system
2) Improve school choice.
Dawn Boyce, parent, Bell Avenue Elementary School; Lisa Y. Richardson, WPSD parent and President of the Penn Wood High School Band Boosters; Marie-Luise Faber, parent, Ardmore Avenue Elementary School, and Biosafety Officer at the University of Pennsylvania; Dawn Hobbs, parent of three, Band Booster and Home and School Parent, Director of Health, Wellness and Connections of the Community YMCA
By Molly Born / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette October 24, 2016 12:00 AM
Times Tribune BY SARAH HOFIUS HALL / PUBLISHED: OCTOBER 23, 2016
The 2016 Arts and Education Symposium will be held on October 27 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg Convention Center. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Arts Education network and EPLC, the Symposium is a Unique Networking and Learning Opportunity for:
Program and registration information are available here.
PA Principals Association website Tuesday, August 2, 2016 10:43 AM
To receive the Early Bird Discount, you must be registered by August 31, 2016:
Members: $300 Non-Members: $400
Featuring Three National Keynote Speakers: Eric Sheninger, Jill Jackson & Salome Thomas-EL