- This year 9 charter schools
opened bringing the total to 132 schools serving 60,532 children. (as of April) does not place a cap on the number of charter schools, allowing every district to decide what is best for their community. Pennsylvania
- PA charter schools are free from most of the rules and regulations placed on traditional public schools.
- The commonwealth permits multiple authorizers, or various paths for approving and managing charter schools.
does not provide any assistance for charter school building costs. Pennsylvania
- 70-82% of teachers must participate in the public retirement system.
- Over the past year waiting lists have increased by 33% despite state caps and moratoriums on new charter schools. During the 2007-08 school year 4,128 charter schools served over 1.24 million students in 40 states and
- Critics say charter schools serve fewer disadvantaged children compared to public schools based on the number of students registered for free and reduced lunches. According to CER’s survey, 54% of all charter school students qualify for these programs, but 38% do not participate for a variety of reasons.
- Results show 52% of charter school participants are minorities, 50% are at-risk, and 54% are low income students. And charter schools are not allowed to “pick” their student body.
- Charter schools offer longer school days and school years compared to public schools.
- Charter schools tend to be smaller in size creating a more intimate environment for learning.
- Teaching staff at charter schools have more independence, 85% are not participating in a union or collective bargaining agreement.
- Of experienced teachers in the charter school system 38% reported skill based contracts and 20% have performance based pay.
- On average charter schools received 40% less funding than traditional public schools. According to the U.S. Census public schools receive on average $10,771 for every student and spend $9,138. Charter schools receive $6,585 and spend $7,625 per student and most schools do not receive money for facility use and maintenance.
Public schools are in trouble, spending is out of control,