PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A new report says Pennsylvania charter schools are not outperforming traditional public schools, and the state’s 20-year-old charter law needs to be beefed up. The report by the nonprofit Public Citizens for Children and Youth says 21 percent of Pennsylvania’s charters made the grade on the state School Performance Profile, while 54 percent of traditional district schools did.
“Most of our charters are performing in Philadelphia — they are struggling as much as Philly schools, or doing worse,” said Donna Cooper, the nonprofit’s executive director.
At a Center City roundtable to issue the report, talk centered on HB97, a charter reform bill in Harrisburg. Grays Ferry state Rep. Jordan Harris voted for the bill.
“I think it’s unfair to take all of the traditional public schools in the state and all of the charter school in the state and compare them to each other,” said Harris.