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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: May 31, 2017 11:45 AM
From: Senator David G. Argall
To: All Senate members
Subject: Accountability for Cyber Charter Schools

I will soon be introducing legislation which would require students who are consistently underperforming in a cyber charter school to return to a brick and mortar school.

As we all know, students choose to attend cyber charter schools for many appropriate reasons. It is critical that we ensure our children are succeeding academically in any type of educational setting and are provided with the appropriate resources and tools to learn.

Under this legislation, a Task Force on Cyber Charter Student Achievement would be created within the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The task force would be responsible for developing and issuing minimum achievement requirements for cyber charter school students to adhere to under the Public School Code of 1949.

Cyber charter schools would be required to conduct an annual assessment of a student’s achievement in order to determine whether he or she is satisfying the minimum achievement requirements.

If a student fails to meet the minimum achievement requirements established by the task force and the Public School Code, he or she would be required to withdraw from the cyber charter school at the end of the semester in which the assessment occurred. The student would then be prohibited from re-enrolling in that same cyber charter school or enrolling in another cyber charter school until he or she satisfies the minimum achievement requirements at least one school year thereafter. The cyber charter school and the parent/guardian of a student would also be required to notify the student’s school district of residence within 15 days following the student’s withdrawal from a cyber charter school.

Introduced as SB766