Charter school reform is unfinished business

Written by Scott Detrow and Radio Pennsylvania | Oct 19, 2012 3:28 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's state House has gone home for the year without passing a bill overhauling charter schools.

The measure the House had scheduled for a vote didn't include everything Governor Corbett had called for in a charter bill.

Most notably, it didn't create a statewide board authorizing new charter schools.

But the bill did include transparency measures, and created a commission to study how to fund schools.

Larry Jones, the president of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools, says his group hasn't given up.

"We will not stop until a comprehensive reform is passed that deals with charter reform and makes sure that there is equity and access to all students in Pennsylvania for public education," Jones says.

However, when the House and Senate reconvene next year, they'll need to start over.

Bills that aren't passed during a two-year legislative session expire.

Legislative leaders have promised not to come back to Harrisburg after next month's election.

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