Controversial Charter Access Provision Back Before PA Legislature

A controversial proposal that would deny public access to records of private managers of charter schools has surfaced again in the Pennsylvania legislature after it was rebuffed during the summer.

Disagreement over the proposed exemption to the state’s Right-to-Know law was one of the reasons that a package of charter law changes submitted in late June was shelved until this fall.

The proposal was part of a 53-page amendment inserted into a special education funding bill in an effort to get the charter changes passed along with the budget.

It says the Right-to-Know law applies to charters, “except records of vendors of local agencies shall not be accessible.” Charter schools are listed as local agencies in the Right-to-Know law. “Vendors” would include private management groups that run charter schools.

Click here to read the full article by Dan Hardy published in the Philadelphia Inquirer (October 9, 2012) 

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