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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: March 20, 2019 06:23 PM
From: Senator Patrick M. Browne
To: All Senate members
Subject: Charter School Funding Advisory Commission
 
In the near future I will re-introduce Senate Bill 806, legislation to establish a Charter School Funding Advisory Commission to review and make recommendations concerning charter school funding and related issues.

This commission will consist of members of all four caucuses, including the majority and minority chairs of the Appropriations and Education Committees, two members appointed by the House and Senate majority leaders and one member appointed by the House and Senate minority leaders and the Secretary of Education.

The commission shall have the following powers and duties:
Meet with current charter and cyber school entity operators, school district personnel and other public education organizations.
Review charter school entity financing laws in operation in other states.
Calculate the actual cost of educating a child in a charter and cyber school.
Examine the process by which charter school entities are funded under section 1725-A, including addressing potential funding inequities and consideration of continuing the school district deduction for cyber charter school tuition cost.
Determine the appropriate funding and financial oversight for charter school entity facilities and management.
Explore other funding issues raised in the course of the public hearings.
Consideration of the school district deduction for programs and services to the extent they are funded from the proceeds of competitive grants from private or public resources or from contributions or donations from private sources.
Study the appropriate manner of funding a charter school that primarily serves adjudicated youth.
Consideration of the appropriate manner of implementing the recommendations of the Special Education Funding Commission with respect to charter school entities, based on the manner in which the commission’s recommendations have been implemented for school districts.

The commission shall issue a report with its findings and recommendations, no later than eighteen months from the effective date of the legislation. The Charter School Funding Advisory Commission will operate in a similar manner to the Special Education and Basic Education Funding Commissions and the Plan Con Advisory Committee.

Senators who cosponsored Senate Bill 806 from last session were: Scarnati, Folmer, Costa, Hughes, Street, Argall, Mensch, Vogel, Langerholc, Laughlin, Martin, Brewster, Leach, Blake and Boscola.

I hope that you will co-sponsor of this important legislation.



Introduced as SB590