PCPCS APPLAUDS SENATE’S ADVANCEMENT OF CHARTER SCHOOL LEGISLATION, SAYS MORE WORK YET TO BE DONE

October 25, 2011

West Chester, PA — The Pa Senate Education Committee voted today to include into a key education bill (SB 1) much of what was in charter school reform bill SB 904, and to move SB 1 to the full Senate for consideration. SB 1 previously contained proposals focusing only on Opportunity Scholarships and Educational Investment Tax Credits.

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) applauds the Senate Education Committee for taking the initiative to move forward on legislation that has the potential to provide public school choice to so many Pennsylvania families. Elements in the proposed legislation promote the development of high-quality charter schools and increases accountability for all charter schools. PCPCS supports both of those objectives and looks forward to working with members of the Senate and House to refine that legislation as it is considered.

“The Senate’s passage of SB 1 represents an important first step towards sensible charter school reform,” said PCPCS Executive Director Robert Fayfich. “However, it is an imperfect bill in its current state because it fails to establish multiple authorizers for high quality charter schools. PCPCS is encouraged by Senator Piccola’s remarks today concerning his commitment to continue to work with his colleagues to include the authorizer component in the final bill. We look forward to working with the Senate, House, and the Corbett Administration to develop comprehensive charter reform legislation that will include this critical provision.”

To help support Charter School law reform please visit www.ChildrenPA.com and contact your legislator.

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