- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Some charter schools in Pennsylvania are facing difficult decisions as school districts cut off payments to them amid a nearly three-month-old state government budget stalemate.

Tim Eller, executive director of the Keystone Alliance for Public Charter Schools, said Thursday that nearly three dozen districts are withholding all or some of the money they owe to charter schools.

He says charter schools that have emptied reserves or maxed out lines of credit are contemplating closing in the near future.

Eller also says he worries that more school districts will cut off payments to charter schools as the state government’s budget stalemate continues.

School districts are supposed to pay charter schools by the fifth day of each month. Eller says 160 charter schools educate about 100,000 students in Pennsylvania.

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