Charter Reform Bill (SB 1085) and Chapter 4 revisions

Charter Reform

Charter reform bill  SB 1085 was voted out of the Senate Appropriations Committee on November 19 and is on the Senate calendar for December 3.  The PA LWV supports some of provisions of the bill, such as public accountability and ethical governance, fund balance limits, and the formation of a Charter School Funding Advisory Commission.  The state League opposes provisions in the bill that would increase charter renewals from five to ten years and allow universities to authorize charters. The state League’s position can be found  here.

Final Form Chapter 4 (standards and assessments) regulations approved

On November 21, final form Chapter 4 revisions were approved by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) by a vote of 3-2.  The meeting ran in excess of four hours and  hundreds of letters were received expressing both opposition and support for the regulations. As mentioned in previous VOTER reports, these revisions amend the existing regulations to reflect Pennsylvania’s Common Core Standards in English language arts, address test security concerns, and require students to demonstrate proficiency on the Keystone Exams in order to graduate from high school.  Final form Chapter 4 regulations can be found  here.

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