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December 4, 2008

House Bill 738: An Act Concerning Virtual Charter School Funding

Authors:
Representatives DeLuca, Belfanti, Boyd, Buxton, Caltagirone, Carroll, Daley, Everett, Fabrizio, Frankel, Gergely, Grucela, Hennessey, Hershey, Kotic, McIlhattan, Mundy, Petrone, Preston, Rubley, Siptroth, Sonney, True, walko, Wansacz, Watson, and Youngblood.

Summary:
Among other things, this bill would entitle cyber charter schools to receive $5,000 per pupil from the Commonwealth for schools enrolling 1,000 or fewer pupils. The amount per pupil gradually decreases to $3,000 for enrollment of 5,000 pupils or more. This creates a financial windfall for the charter school which only has to provide instructional materials, computers, printer, and internet connection for the student. None of the normal expenses for on-site instruction such as transportation, classroom space, etc. must be provided.

Status:

3/19/2007 Introduced and referred to the House Education Committee
11/30/2008 Legislation died when the House adjourned

HSLDA’s Position:
HSLDA opposes this legislation.

Action Requested:
None at this time.

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Bill Text   (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Bill History