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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 1, 2014 04:40 PM
From: Senator Rob Teplitz
To: All Senate members
Subject: Charter School Appeal Board Member Recusal
In the near future, I will again introduce legislation to amend the Public School Code, requiring a member of the State Charter School Appeal Board, who may also be an employee of a charter/cyber school, to recuse themselves from any decisions regarding charter applications from competitors of the charter/cyber school they work for.

This legislation comes from my concerns on an appointee we voted to the board in the 2013-14 session who was an employee of a charter school. Though she made a commitment to recuse herself as appropriate, I feel this requirement is necessary because of the inherent problems involved, regardless of whether a nominee is willing to make the personal commitment.

This legislation was introduced during the 2013-2014 legislative session as SB 1257 and was co-sponsored by Senators Browne, Hughes, Kasunic, Costa, Vulakovich, and Fontana.

I ask you to join me in co-sponsoring this legislation

Introduced as SB193