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Bethel Park School District calls for charter school funding reform

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Bethel Park School District has joined a growing chorus of public school systems calling on Harrisburg to reform charter and cyber charter school funding.

The school board on Tuesday adopted a resolution urging the state General Assembly to reimburse school districts for students who attend charter schools, and to ensure that charter schools receive only the funds necessary for “actual expenses” for educating students.

Superintendent Nancy Aloi Rose said Bethel Park spends nearly $10,000 per student in a general education program at a charter or cyber charter school. The cost for a special education student is almost twice that. The total cost to the district for the 2012-13 school year was nearly $800,000.

“We know in a cyber environment it is a fraction of that cost to educate those students,” Rose said.

The board approved the resolution 5-0. Board members Cindy Buckley, Richard Rose, Russ Spicuzza and Ron Sustich did not attend the meeting.

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