Charter School Choice
Do state statutes allow for charter schools?
Are for-profit charters allowed?
Is there a cap on the number of charter schools?
We did not find information about caps on charter schools in Pennsylvania statutes. However, Education Commission of the States states that Pennsylvania does not have caps on charters.
Are charters required to provide transportation for any students?
- Students who attend a charter school located in their school district of residence, a regional charter school of which the school district is a part, or a charter school located outside district boundaries at a distance of no more than 10 miles by the nearest public highway shall be provided free transportation to the charter school by their school district of residence
- Transportation is not required for elementary students, including kindergarten students, residing within 1.5 miles or for secondary students residing within 2 miles of the nearest public highway from the charter school (unless the school district provides transportation to public schools kids meeting those distance requirements)
- If a public school provides transportation to its students, first class (meaning the largest schools) charters in that same district must also provide transportation to students if they are the same age or grade as the public school students.
Can charter schools employ uncertified teachers?
At least 75% of the professional staff members of a charter school shall hold appropriate State certification.
Virtual School Choice
Do state statutes allow for full-time virtual schools?
Pennsylvania statutes allow for virtual charter schools, they are called cyber charter schools.
Are virtual schools required to track attendance?
A charter must specify in its application how the cyber charter school will define and monitor a student's school day.
Do virtual schools have to comply with state teacher certification requirements?
Private School Choice
Do state statutes allow for voucher programs?
No voucher programs found.
Do state statutes allow for educational expense tax credits or deductions?
No educational expense tax credits or deductions found.
Can students use vouchers to attend religious schools?
Is there a cap on the number of students or private schools participating in voucher programs?
Are voucher students in private schools required to take any standardized tests?
Can private schools be removed from voucher programs based on performance?
Are private schools in voucher programs required to provide transportation?
Interdistrict School Choice
Do state statutes allow for interdistrict choice?
The board of school directors of any school district may permit any non-resident students to attend the public schools in its district upon such terms as it may determine.