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Bills Would Restrict Enrollment in Pa. Online Charter Schools

By Andrew Trotter — July 12, 2005 1 min read
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Two bills passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives would restrict enrollment in cyber charter schools.

Truants would be kept out of the schools, which offer curriculum and instruction online, under an amendment to a Senate bill passed by the House July 4. A cyber charter enrolling a student would have to notify the district in which the student resides; if the district did not certify that the student was in compliance with school attendance law, the cyber charter could be denied the district’s fee for the student.

The other bill, which the House passed June 21, would define district residency for cyber-charter students, clarifying the 2002 Pennsylvania law that requires districts to pay tuition for any district resident enrolled in the cyber schools. Both bills must now be approved by the Senate.

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