PA Charter Schools: $4 billion taxpayer dollars with no real oversight

Keystone State Education Coalition, May 21, 2012, updated September 24, 2012

$4 billion taxpayer dollars with no real oversight
Charter schools – public funding without public scrutiny
Proposed statewide authorization and direct payment would further diminish accountability and oversight for public tax dollars

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Of 12 PA cyber charters only 1 made AYP for 2012; only 2 made AYP for 2011, while 8 were in corrective action status under No Child Left Behind and 7 have never made AYP.

1 of 17 Only 1 of 17 members of the proposed Charter School Entities Funding Advisory Committee charged with examining charter financing is a locally elected school board member responsible for securing local revenue to pay charter school tuition.

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A double-dip exists in the charter funding formula for reimbursement of pension costs.

A June 2009 Stanford University/CREDO study done in partnership with the pro school choice Walton Family Foundation and Pearson Learning Systems looked at charter performance in 15 states and the District of Columbia covering more than 70 percent of the nation’s charter school students. It found that only 17% of charters had academic gains better than traditional public schools; 37% were worse and 46% showed no significant difference.

Philadelphia charter schools are reportedly under federal investigation. Several charters have involvement of legislators, family members and staffers. Representative Matzie introduced HB 1740 earlier this session which is modeled after House Rules that prohibit members and immediate family members from association with gambling interests.

25% A 2011 Stanford/CREDO study reported that students at just 25 percent of the state’s charter schools made significantly more learning gains in reading and math. But they found that students at nearly half of the charter schools made significantly lower learning gains in both subjects than their traditional public school counterparts.

100% The 2011 Stanford/CREDO study found that in 100 percent of Pennsylvania cyber charters, students performed “significantly worse” in math and reading than students at traditional public schools….

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