Dear Senator Corman: On behalf of the PA Cyber Charter Schools that currently make up the Association, we would like you to know:
For years, Pennsylvania’s Cyber Charter Schools have been roundly criticized for underperforming on the state’s standardized tests (PSSA’s). This is in part because Cyber Charter Schools attract many students from struggling school districts that have failed to give these students a proper education.
Dear PA State Legislator, I am sending you a link to a wonderful story about one of our students, Sein An who this past Sunday was asked to be a featured soloist with the Bryn Athyn Orchestra for its performance of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3.
Senate Bill 1085 attempts to provide some help to Charter Schools but cuts the funding for Charter Schools by 8-10% by  reducing the Pennsylvania State Employee Retirement System reimbursement to Charter Schools from the state by 3-5% and  cutting Cyber Charter Schools an additional 5%.
PA HB 618 is designed to remove what is called a “double dip” in the funding of the Cyber-Charter-School pensions. Cyber Charter Schools currently receive 100% of the pension costs from the local district, and the state reimburses Cyber Charter Schools 50%, as well. If passed, HB 618 will cut the 100% contribution made by the district to Cyber Charters, leaving only the 50% reimbursement from the state intact.
PA HB 530 is designed to address perceived needs in the PA Charter School Law. It is being driven by the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials whose agenda is to save money for school districts by cutting funding for Charter Schools.