Charter School Groups Applaud Reform Legislation.
April 18, 2011
WEST CHESTER, PA (April 18, 2011) — The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) and the PA Families for Cyber Charter Schools applaud state lawmakers who drafted legislation aimed toward reforming charter school law (HB 1348). Representatives Thomas Killion, Tony Payton, and Jim Marshall have taken a bipartisan lead to serve the best interests of Pennsylvania’s children and respond to the growing demand by families for public school choice.
HB 1348 serves as the companion piece to SB 904, introduced earlier this month under the bipartisan leadership of Senators Jeffrey Piccola, Andy Dinniman, and Anthony Williams. Key components in both bills include the establishment of independent authorizers, expansion of charter terms from five to ten years, and creating a codified system of charter school accountability and transparency.
“Pennsylvania’s charter school movement is no longer an experiment—it has become a critical and successful part of the Commonwealth’s system of education, and this legislation is needed to support that status,” said PCPCS President Lawrence F. Jones, Jr. “Sponsors of this legislation clearly recognize the importance of allowing Pennsylvania’s families to choose the public school education that will best serve their children.”
“No longer will education be limited to a family’s zip code,” said Pennsylvania Families for Public Cyber Schools Executive Director Jenny Bradmon. “These reforms are the first step to giving children of Pennsylvania the opportunity to receive a quality education. We applaud this legislation for giving choice to parents where it belongs.”