A new Pennsylvania law seeks to improve the accountability of the state's charter cyber schools while allaying educators' concerns that the schools are draining money away from their districts.

The school-code law, signed by Gov. Mark Schweiker June 29, will partially reimburse the state's school systems for per-pupil funding lost when students enroll in alternative schools. The law also transfers authority for the establishment, evaluation, and renewal of charter cyber schools from local school districts to the state education department.

The new law comes just 12 days after a state


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