Tell your state senator to stand up to the charter school industry and oppose HB 97
Pressure from charter school industry lobbyists is working. The PA Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to vote on HB 97 on Saturday, July 8th. The bill could then go to the full Senate for a vote this weekend as lawmakers cut deals late into the night to pass a 2017-2018 budget.
Lawmakers are hoping their constituents won't notice that they are voting on this controversial bill.
Please call and email your state senator NOW and ask him/her to oppose HB 97.
- HB 97 does not address the $100 million (and growing) windfall charters receive each year from the broken special education funding system.
- HB 97 does nothing to address the continued abysmal academic performance of the state's cyber charter schools -- none of which have met the minimum proficiency standard on the state's school performance profile.
- HB 97 allows for the expansion of low-performing charter schools that fail to provide students with a quality education.
- HB 97 limits local school board input on the charter approval process. If approved, local school board would be prohibited from requesting any additional information -- beyond what's in a state-created application form -- from an organization applying to open a charter school in its school district.
HB 97 fails to address critical funding and academic performance issues that must be fixed in order to strengthen PA's system of public education and help ensure that all students receive a quality public education.