PCPCS Publications

PCPCS is pleased to provide a variety of our publications online and in one location for school leaders, teachers, families, charter school authorizers and school communities for critical decision-making purposes.

Special Reports

NEW! Pennsylvania’s Charter Schools: Doing More With Less: Did you know, some K-12 students in Pennsylvania receive less funding to support their education than their peers? Despite receiving less funding per student, charter schools are providing taxpayers a bigger bang for their buck than their district counterparts. Click here to read how charter schools are providing taxpayers a bigger bang for their buck than their district counterparts.

NEW! Cyber Charter Schools: The FACTS You Need to Know: Since the passage of Charter School Law in 1997, both brick and mortar and Cyber Charter Schools have been at the forefront of educationally innovation programs improving academic outcomes for all students across Pennsylvania. Through continuous research and refinement, pilot programs, and partnerships with local school districts; charter schools and Cyber Charter Schools continue to help shape the future of education throughout the Commonwealth leading Pennsylvania to become one of the best educational systems in the nation. You can read the full document and one pager  here.

The Overwhelming Reason Parents are Choosing Charter Schools: Choosing a school is really a life-altering decision for families. It’s an investment in time today and much more for the future. By having the charter school option, parents in our state have been empowered to select the environment that works best for each child—because no single school, no matter how good or convenient, can meet the distinct needs of each and every young student in Pennsylvania. Click here to read The Overwhelming reason parents are choosing charter schools

Myths and Facts about Charter Schools: Despite the success of charter schools, or perhaps because of it, misconceptions abound about what charter schools are and what they do. Supporters of the educational status quo have propagated a number of myths about charter schools—myths that have sometimes proven hard to dispel in the popular press and with some members of the general public. Today, perhaps more than ever, it is critical that these myths be dispelled. Click here to read Myths vs Facts about Charter Schools.

PCPCS: Who we are: The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) is the voice of public charter schools in the state of Pennsylvania – representing both brick-and-mortar and cyber schools throughout the Keystone State. We advocate for the rights of charter school students, parents, educators, and leaders! Click here to find out more about the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools. 

The Truth About HB 97: The Truth About HB 97.

2017 Year In Review:  Click here to look back at the 10 most exciting milestones and accomplishments of 2017.

PCPCS FACT of the Month

SEPTEMBER 2018 FACT of the Month: The U.S. Department of Education has warned that Pennsylvania, like many other states, is facing a shortage of teachers. The state will soon be hit with a wave of retirements, and there are fewer college students majoring in education to replace those who retire. See the September 2018 FACT of the Month to see how areas in Pennsylvania may be affected.

MAY 2018 FACT of the Month: There have been many milestones marking the path of charter schools since Pennsylvania’s charter school bill became law in 1997. See the May FACT of the Month to see how far charters have come over the years and several of the important events along the way that led us to where we are today.

APRIL 2018 FACT of the Month: It’s hard to dispute the link between education and poverty. When students lack the basic resources, it makes it much more difficult for students to concentrate at school, and significantly harder to stay on track academically outside of school. Check out the April 2018 FACT of the Month and see the correlation between education and poverty in PA.

MARCH 2018 FACT of the Month: One of the highlights of HB 97 is how it intends to rebalance the inefficiencies that exist between districts with surplus facilities and charter’s need for appropriate amenities. Currently, Pennsylvania is one of the few states with a charter law that does not provide some type of allowance for the sharing or notification of surplus facilities in the state. Check out the FACT of the Month for March 2018 to learn more about how Pennsylvania compares to other states, and what HB 97 intends to do to right some of the wrongs regarding access to facilities in Pennsylvania.

FEBRUARY 2018 FACT of the Month:  Overview of the 2018-2019 Governor’s Budget Proposal

JANUARY 2018 FACT of the Month: Cyber Charter Schools Thrive in Pennsylvania.

DECEMBER 2017 FACT of the Month: .Growth of Public Charter Schools in Pennsylvania 2007-2017

Issue Briefs

Under the latest changes in the PDE’s truancy law, charter schools are now directed to file the truancy complaint directly with the district judge. However, school districts have been  allowed to continue to deduct their expenses from the PDE 363, giving the charter schools the burden of responsibility without the funds associated with the costs. Click here to download our issue brief related to truancy issues and charter schools.

Dual enrollment, which allows high school students to enroll in and receive credit for college courses, is a nationally recognized opportunity for students of all academic abilities to achieve success not only in high school but at post-secondary institutions. By not permitting this option for Pennsylvania’s cyber school students, policy makers are denying them the ability to acquire college credits while in high school, experience the college classroom, save on post-secondary tuition, and accelerate their time to college graduation.Click here to read our issue brief on Dual ecurity and Risk Vulnerability AssessmentEnrollment for Cyber Charter Students.

Current state guidance with regards to the transportation of students with disabilities from home to school and school to home is discriminatory and inconsistent with practices for regular education students in the state of Pennsylvania. Furthermore, the guidance issued on October 1, 2004 is costing taxpayers more money than necessary for the transportation of these public-school students. Click here to read our position on the transportation needs of student with disabilities.