June 19, 2013
There is movement in the House of Representatives to move HB 618 to a vote of the full House potentially today or tomorrow.
It continues to be our position that HB 618 includes many positive changes to the charter school law, with one financially devastating exception – a provision which allows districts to withhold 100% of the pension costs to cyber charter schools. This would enable districts to retain taxpayer money, and receive state reimbursement, for expenses they simply do not incur while forcing underfunding of the pension liability for the cyber schools. This would simply replace a “cyber double dip” with a “district double dip”. Either of two amendments offered by Representative Christiana or Representative Maher would address this devastating provision in HB 618 and make it the foundation for a comprehensive charter reform package.
Go to our website savemycharterschool.com and ACT NOW to contact your Representative to vote against HB 618 without either the Christiana or Maher amendments.