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Pennsylvania's School Funding Crisis

Funding failures

Pennsylvania gets low marks on equity and adequacy in school spending. A new formula may help, but only slightly. Charters and districts are left elbowing each other.

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Districts’ only link to cyber charters: Money

Each one pays its own per-pupil charter rate, but oversight of the online schools is solely Pennsylvania’s responsibility.

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Seeking accountability, states revise charter laws

Pennsylvania has not updated its original 1997 law that allowed the schools' creation.

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Lots of complaints, but few solutions

Many agree that the charter law should be changed. But political gridlock, powerful lobbies, and scarce funds make that difficult.

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Own a school? Or rent? For charters, it’s complicated

The state reimburses charters for leasing costs, but not for construction or renovation. Many schools work around this.

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What drives costs? Here are the Big Five

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Detangling the web of special ed funding

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Featured Articles

Cuts mean no paper, rodents in classrooms

The consequences of inadequate school funding affect students and teachers daily.

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Why cybers? Safety, individual learning, second chances

Some families choose this option despite generally low achievement data and other problems with cyber schools

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Chester Upland: Exhibit A for broken charter law

The district’s situation highlights statewide issues: Special ed, a lack of transparency, and financial challenges linked to charter payments.

by Dale Mezzacappa and Bill Hangley
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Q & A: How charters get their operating money

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