HARRISBURG – The PA Senate Education Committee approved a bill sponsored by Lancaster County Sen. Ryan Aument to provide more opportunities to PA students. Senate Bill 786 would broaden the state’s Open Campus Initiative, a program that allows school districts to enter collaborative partnerships, which currently permits a student from one participating district to attend classes at another school district and receive credit for that course. It would include courses offered by charter schools, regional charter schools, and cyber charter schools. School districts would not be required to develop collaborative partnerships, but gives school districts the option to integrate into their own curriculum courses and materials from local education agencies that are currently ineligible to participate in the Open Campus Initiative. The bill now moves to the full state Senate for consideration.

SEN. RYAN AUMENT