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SB 1 - Charter School Guidelines - Key Vote

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Legislation - Referred to Committee (House) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (27-22) - (Key vote)

Title: Charter School Guidelines

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that establishes an opportunity scholarship program for low-income students to attend charter schools.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes the Department of Community and Economic Development of the Commonwealth to contribute funds to the scholarship program (Sec. 20).
  • Specifies that a student who receives a scholarship may choose to go to another public school outside of his or her attendance boundaries (Sec. 20).
  • Requires the state to pay each public school that accepts a non-resident scholarship student a determined amount (Sec. 20).
  • Specifies that during the 2012-2013 school year, the program will be available to students who satisfy both of the following (Sec. 20):
    • The student attended a low-performing school during the 2011-2012 school year or will be a kindergarten student at a low performing school during the 2012-2013 school year; and
    • The student will reside within the attendance boundary of a low performing school on day 1 of the 2012-2013 school year.
  • Specifies that during the 2013-2014 school year and each subsequent school year, the program will be available to students who satisfied the requirement for the 2012-2013 school year and who will reside within the attendance boundary of a low performing school on day 1 of the school year in which the scholarship is to be awarded (Sec. 20).
  • Requires a list of underperforming schools to be published on February 1 of each year (Sec. 20).
  • Requires a school district with an underperforming school to post on its website a description of the scholarship program and instructions on how to apply (Sec. 20).
  • Prohibits charter schools from providing any religious instruction or displaying religious objects on the premises (Sec. 20).

 

 

 

 

Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Charter School Guidelines

Sponsors

  • Jeffrey E. Piccola (PA - R) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

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