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December 4, 2008

House Bill 446: An Act Concerning Virtual Charter Schools

Authors:
Representatives Beyer, O'Neill, Belfanti, Boyd, Buxton, Cappelli, Curry, Grucela, King, Levdansky, MacKereth, Mann, McIlhattan, R. Miller, Mundy, Mustio, Pickett, Santoni, Stairs, Stern, R. Stevenson, J. Taylor, Watson, Mencsh, Fleck, Baker, Hanna, Everett, Goodman, Brooks, M. Keller, Hornaman, Siptroth, Causer, Vitali, Sonney, Pashinski, J. White, Helm, Brennan, Saylor, Vulakovich, J. Evans, Surra, and Mahoney.

Summary:
This bill would, among other things, create charter cyber schools, a public-school-at-home program. HSLDA does not favor such programs for homeschoolers because of the associated government control. As presently written, this bill would provide $5,000 per pupil to the charter school for enrollment of not more than 1,000 students. This is a huge windfall to the charter school that has to provide no classroom space and other services associated with on-site attendance at the school.

Status:

2/22/2007 Introduced and referred to the House Education Committee
12/6/2007 Reported as amended and first consideration
12/7/2007 Recommitted to the Appropriations Committee
11/30/2008 Legislation died when the House adjourned

HSLDA’s Position:
HSLDA opposes this legislation.

Action Requested:
None at this time.

 Other Resources

Bill Text   (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Bill History