Building 21 in the Philadelphia School District (Photo by Ella Lathan for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star).

Keep our money in Pa.’s public schools where it belongs | Jill Sunday Bartoli

BY: - July 19, 2023

A new year, the same fight over education funding.

Debate over public education alternatives percolates as Pa. budget deadline nears

BY: - June 27, 2023

'The court did not say that the General Assembly can comply with its legal obligations ... by redirecting funds needed for public education to private schools,' Education Law Center Director Deborah Gordon Klehr said.


What’s the real price tag of Pa’s cyber-charter schools? | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - June 24, 2023

One Pa. lawmaker told the Capital-Star that she questions spending by cyber-charter schools, including millions of dollars for advertising.

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We need an honest discussion about charter school reform in Pa. | Opinion

BY: - November 29, 2022

That discussion needs to include charter school leaders, who have been absent so far from the reform debate.


It’s beyond time to address the soaring cost of cyber-charter schools | Opinion

BY: - June 30, 2022

Cyber-charter tuition likely represents the most inefficient spending in Pa. school finance.


Study: Pa. cyber-charter schools lead on cost; lag on results | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 28, 2022

Pa. spends the most out of the 27 states that have cyber-charter schools, but gets the least return on investment, according to new research


Charter schools are public schools – they have to be held accountable to the taxpayers | Opinion

BY: - June 20, 2021

Pennsylvania’s students deserve more from our charter school system – and they can’t afford to wait.

Teacher and students in a classroom.

Say no to largest transfer of taxpayer dollars out of public schools in Pa. history | Opinion

BY: - June 11, 2021

PSEA supports high-quality charter and cyber charter schools. That’s why we feel so strongly that there needs to be accountability for charter schools and the boards, administrators, and for-profit management companies that operate some of them.

Students flocked to cyber-charter schools this year. So did district revenue and federal relief funds

BY: - April 14, 2021

Like brick and mortar charter schools, cyber-charters are funded by contributions from public school districts. Districts pay the online schools an annual rate for each of their students who opt to enroll in one. 


Pa. Senate education leaders need to give local taxpayers a break on cyber-charter costs | Opinion

BY: - April 12, 2021

Pennsylvania’s antiquated Charter School Law sets the ground rules for payments to cyber-charters and school districts are getting gouged.


Why are public schools footing the bill for substandard cyber-charter education? | Opinion

BY: - January 21, 2021

By Art Levinowitz When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, school districts across the nation saw a  huge increase in cyber- charter school enrollment, including right here in Pennsylvania where cyber charter school  enrollment is up by 63 percent to 62,000 students as of Oct. 1, 2020.< This trend should have Pennsylvania parents and taxpayers extremely concerned because […]


Pa. school districts project $475M increase in charter school costs during pandemic | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 14, 2021

A new survey catalogues the challenges schools have faced over the 10 months -- and counting -- of the COVID-19 pandemic.