A new report on the expense of charter and cyber schools provides more proof that Pennsylvania needs to change its flawed formula to fund them.
In doing so, State Auditor General Jack Wagner believes taxpayers could save at least $365 million annually if lawmakers revise the outdated 1997 charter school law, fix a funding inequity, and provide more oversight to prevent mismanagement.
Pennsylvania spends an average of $13,411 per student at a charter school, compared to a national average of $10,000, the report said. Pennsylvania spends the most among the five states with the largest charter school enrollments. The state has 167 charters, including 80 in Philadelphia.