Charter School Legal Services

About 130,000 Pennsylvania students attended charter schools during the 2013-2014 school year, according the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS). That comprises an increase of more than 300 percent from a decade earlier. The burgeoning growth of charter schools since the turn of the 21st century has offered new options to Pennsylvania parents who were looking for non-traditional school curricula and methods. Though publicly funded, charter schools in Pennsylvania have greater autonomy and freedom from state regulation than most public schools.

As charter school administrators have learned, however, implementing new methods often brings new challenges, including new legal issues. The education law attorneys of Raffaele Puppio help charter schools in Delaware County, southeast Pennsylvania, and beyond find their way through the legal questions and risks they encounter.

Pennsylvania charter schools face particular issues related to taxation, property use, personnel, and matters related to the charter application itself. These are in addition to many of the same legal issues faced by traditional schools, some of which become more complicated within the charter school context.

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