|April 26, 2018
The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools, Excellent Schools PA, and the Keystone Alliance for Public Charter Schools met with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) this week to discuss the March 16, 2018, rescission of the PDE-363 guidelines and the April 19, 2018, clarification on calculating tuition rates.
The three organizations stressed to PDE that its recent announcements have created confusion throughout the public charter school community; however, PDE noted that due to the Commonwealth Court’s July 19, 2017, and February 22, 2018, opinions it was forced to remove itself from the PDE-363 process. PDE further noted that there is nothing in the Charter School Law that requires school districts to complete and calculate the PDE-363.
PCPCS, Excellent Schools PA, and KAPCS were successful at having PDE clarify the appropriate procedures public charter schools could use to ensure they continue to receive funding.
Based on what was discussed during the meeting PCPCS, Excellent Schools PA, and KAPCS recommend public charter schools to follow the below guidance until a permanent solution can be put into place:
IMPORTANT NOTE: PDE has extended the April 2018 deadline to submit redirection requests from Wednesday, April 25, 2018, to Friday, April 27, 2018.