Get the Facts: Legislative Updates

Legislative Updates for Charter Schools

Correcting Misinformation in the Coatesville Area School District

Tuesday, January 14th
RE: Special Coatesville Board Meeting Tonight

Dear AGCS parents residing in the Coatesville District,

Please join us tonight at the Special Coatesville Board Meeting tonight at the Coatesville Area High School, 1445 Lincoln Hwy, Coatesville, PA 19320 at 6:00 PM. We appreciate your commitment and time to attend tonight’s meeting. In addition to the special board meeting there will be multiple committee meetings. Therefore, it has been communicated that it will be a long evening. Our humble thanks for any time you can devote to representing Avon Grove Charter School.

We acknowledge and understand that Coatesville Area School District has faced numerous leadership and management issues for the last decade and encourage the community to work together to help Coatesville get back on its feet. However, the effort to improve the Coatesville Area School District should not be at the expense of Avon Grove Charter School. All children who reside in Coatesville Area School District, whether they attend CASD or a charter school are losing out when the adults can not work together on their behalf. The most recent communication released from Coatesville Area School District focused on trying to highlight funding issues between CASD and AGCS. Public school funding, along with how public charter schools are funded is a complicated issue, however, we believe it is important that constituents have a clear understanding of the basic premise regarding the allocation of charter school funds and how it relates to their home school districts. Please download and read:
          •    Infographic to better illustrate the flow of charter school funding
          •    Talking Points - Fact versus Fiction

Our leadership will continue to work through this issue to the best of our ability. We will remain focused on the importance of what we do, who we serve as well as the continued development of our educational program. On behalf of the Avon Grove Charter School, we thank you for your time and commitment to our school.


Kristen Bishop
Avon Grove Charter School
Head of School

More Information:
Please watch highlights of the AGCS Head of School reading of the official response to CASD Facebook Live Post (edited for length - please download and read AGCS Responds and Corrects Misinformation in Coatesville Area SD for complete response).

You can help! Please contact your local legislators below. We've drafted sample letters with key points for you to download and use. Call or write:

Senator Andrew Dinniman
One North Church Street
West Chester, PA 19380
Senator Dinniman 2020-Charter Funding Coatesville-WORD Format
Senator Dinniman 2020-Charter Funding Coatesville-PDF

Representative Dan Williams
496 E Lincoln Hwy
Thorndale, PA 19372
Rep. Williams 2020-Charter Funding Coatesville-WORD Format
Rep. Williams 2020-Charter Funding Coatesville-PDF

Governor Tom Wolf
Office of the Governor
508 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Gov. Wolf 2020-Charter Funding Coatesville-WORD Format
Gov. Wolf 2020-Charter Funding Coatesville-PDF

Visit our Legislation Webpage for a full list of Chester County Legislators, with links to their websites.

Link to PA Coalition of Public Charter Schools                    


Avon Grove Charter School is a member of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools, and organization that represents both brick-and-mortar and cyber Charter schools throughout the Keystone State. We advocate for the rights of Charter operators, educators, parents, and students.

Visit the PACPCS website for the latest updates on current legislation as well as Charter School news.

Charter Schools-Separating Fact from Fiction - Keystone Alliance for Public Charter Schools

For information about upcoming votes and the PA State General Assembly, click the following link:

PA General Assembly Website   
PA General Assembly Website

‚ÄčFor Chester County Intermediate Unit's Legislative updates, click the following link:

CCIU Legislative Updates

Charter Schools: Fact vs. Fiction

FICTION:  Charter Schools are private schools.
FACT:  All Pennsylvania Charter Schools are public schools

  There aren't very many Charter Schools in PA.
FACT:  There are 175 public Charter Schools in PA, with over 143,000 students enrolled. 30,000 children in Philadelphia alone are on waiting lists.

FICTION:  Charter Schools hurt traditional public schools by taking away funding.
FACT:  Traditional public schools keep 35% of the funding for each Charter School student that leaves their district.

FICTION:  Charter Schools teachers are uncertified.
FACT:  Charter School teachers are required to be appropriately certified  in Pennsylvania.

FICTION:  Charter Schools can expel students without cause.
FACT:  The expulsion requirements for public Charter Schools and regular public schools are the same.

FICTION:  Charter Schools are exempt from state mandated testing.
FACT:  Charter School students are required to take the same state mandated assessments.

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