House of Representatives Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session
Posted: April 7, 2017 09:33 AM
From: Representative Mike Reese
To: All House members
Subject: Comprehensive Charter School Reform
I am preparing to introduce legislation that will reform the nearly 20-year-old Charter School Law by making necessary improvements including a change to the funding formula for cyber charter schools. My bill is built upon HB 530 (2015-2016 session), which passed the House in March 2015 by a vote of 117-78, and passed the Senate (with amendment) in December 2015 by a vote of 40-10. As with HB 530, the goals of my new legislation are two-fold. First, my bill seeks to generate financial savings for school districts and local taxpayers by making sensible changes to the formula for funding cyber charter schools. Second, my legislation will improve school choice by strengthening the law under which charter, regional charter and cyber charter schools (together, “charter school entities”) are established and operate. My bill will accomplish these goals by doing the following: For the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years, allowing school districts to make the following additional deductions from their per-student expenditures when calculating their cyber charter school payments:tax assessment and collection services; 30% of operation and maintenance of plant services; and the actual total amount the district of residence paid to cyber charter schools under this section for the prior school year.
Establishing a funding commission to consider and make recommendations concerning funding and other matters related to charter school entities.
Making critical ethics, transparency, governance and auditing reforms.
Providing for a streamlined payment dispute resolution process.
Setting limits on charter school entities’ allowable unassigned fund balances, and providing for the refund of excess fund balances to tuition-paying school districts.
Short Title: An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, further providing for agreements with institutions of higher education; in opportunities for educational excellence, further providing for definitions, for responsibilities of school entities and for concurrent enrollment agreements; and, in charter schools, extensively revising and adding charter school provisions.
— Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh), Senate Appropriations Committee chair
- Monday, May 1, 6-8 p.m. — Parkway West CTC, 7101 Steubenville Pike, Oakdale, PA 15071
- Tuesday, May 2, 7:30-9 a.m. — A W Beattie Career Center, 9600 Babcock Blvd, Allison Park, PA 15101
- Tuesday, May 2, 6-8 p.m. — Crawford County CTC, 860 Thurston Road, Meadville, PA 16335
- Wednesday, May 3, 6-8 p.m. — St. Marys Area School District, 977 S. St Marys Road, Saint Marys, PA 15857
- Thursday, May 4, 6-8 p.m. — Central Montco Technical High School, 821 Plymouth Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
- Friday, May 5, 7:30-9 a.m. — Lehigh Carbon Community College, 4525 Education Park Dr, Schnecksville, PA 18078
- Monday, May 15, 6-8 p.m. — CTC of Lackawanna Co., 3201 Rockwell Avenue, Scranton, PA 18508
- Tuesday, May 16, 6-8 p.m. — PSBA, 400 Bent Creek Boulevard, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
- Wednesday, May 17, 6-8 p.m. — Lycoming CTC, 293 Cemetery Street, Hughesville, PA 17737
- Thursday, May 18, 6-8 p.m. — Chestnut Ridge SD, 3281 Valley Road, Fishertown, PA 15539