Time to Change Pennsylvania's Outdated Charter School Law
"We came very, very, very close to getting charter reform." That’s how Governor Corbett describes what happened last spring when our lawmakers failed to reform Pennsylvania’s outdated charter school law before going on recess. Their failure to come to an agreement left more than 40,000 students on waiting lists hoping for a better education.
Lawmakers have one more chance to reform Pennsylvania’s outdated charter school law. Tell Governor Corbett to use his leadership to pass the charter bill before session ends this fall on October 17.
If it passes, SB 1115 will make badly needed updates to Pennsylvania’s charter school law so that our best charter schools can reach more students—including those 40,000 kids stuck on waiting lists. But it won’t be a priority in Harrisburg this fall unless we make it one.
Tell Governor Corbett that it’s time to step up as Pennsylvania’s “education governor.” Our kids can’t afford to go ignored for yet another year.
I urge you to use your leadership to see that SB1115 is brought to a vote before the legislative session ends in October. Pennsylvania’s laws should help, not hinder, schools in meeting the overwhelming demand among Pennsylvania families for great school options.
This past spring, the Senate narrowly missed passing a charter reform bill that would have created an environment in which our best charter schools can thrive and serve the students who need them most. Please don’t let that happen again this fall.
SB1115 will create a Pennsylvania in which the education of our students is our top priority by increasing academic accountability for charter schools, creating a robust charter school appeals board, and authorizing a commission to study charter funding.
As a voter, I believe education is critical to the welfare of our state. So I urge you to do whatever it takes to reintroduce SB1115 in the Pennsylvania General Assembly this fall. We know that great schools make a difference for Pennsylvania’s children—and now it’s time to finally act on that knowledge. No more excuses.