Schwank, Senate Committee to Hear Public Opinion On Cyber Charter Bill

The following is a communication from Senator Schwank’s office concerning tomorrow’s hearing. SB 335 proposes to allow districts to deny funding to any cyber charter school if the district offers a cyber “… program equal in scope and content to an existing publicly chartered cyber school…” This legislation fails to provide any definition as to who decides if the district program is “equal in scope and content.”

Left undefined, the district will unilaterally make that determination thereby effectively transferring the decision from the parent to the district and destroying parental choice.

Schwank, Senate Committee to Hear Public Opinion On Cyber Charter Bill

READING, May 29, 2013 – Sen. Judy Schwank and the Senate Education Committee will listen to public testimony beginning at 1 p.m., Thursday, May 30, at Northern Lebanon High School, about legislation affecting cyber charter schools.

Senate Bill 335, which Schwank proposed in January, would exempt school districts from paying cyber charter schools if that district offers a cyber program similar to a non-district cyber charter school.

Officials from the Northern Lebanon and Conrad Weiser school districts, Pennsylvania School Boards Association, Commonwealth Connections Academy, Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools, and the 21st Century Cyber Charter School are scheduled to testify.

WHAT: Senate Education Committee public hearing on Sen. Schwank’s SB 335

WHEN: 1 p.m.

WHERE: Harlan A. Daubert Performing Arts Center, Northern Lebanon High School, 345 School Drive, Fredericksburg.