A new report on the expense of charter and cyber schools provides more proof that Pennsylvania needs to change its flawed formula to fund them.
Only two cyber charters meet the state's academic standards, yet four new cybers have been approved for the fall.
Charters receive funds from their host district based on a complex per-pupil spending formula. At 500 school districts, there are 500 different rates, which makes no sense. Districts pay different amounts to educate students attending the same school. And some districts end up subsidizing other students.
A bill introduced by Rep. Fleck (R., Dauphin) would tighten oversight, require outside annual audits, and change the funding formula.
But it falls short of setting average payments for charter schools and cyber charters.
The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools supports creating a 15-member advisory committee to make recommendations by March.