At it’s Feb. 25 meeting, the Wilkinsburg School Board approved 8-0 a resolution calling for charter school funding reform. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf proposed legislation this week that would reform charter school tuition calculations. His proposal joins a four-bill package of charter legislation passed by the House last spring. Information on those bills can be found here.
Currently, the charter school funding formula being used was established in 1997 and has not been updated or modified since its inception. Charter schools are one of the fastest-growing costs for all public Pennsylvania school districts, with school districts currently paying 100 percent of charter school tuition bills. The Wilkinsburg School Board approved the resolution as a show of support for reforms that include setting a flat tuition rate for charter schools, distribution special education funding through a funding formula and stopping the creation of new cyber charter schools.
The complete resolution is available here.
More information about charter school funding reform is available here.