The Senate approved the measure to toughen oversight of the publicly funded, privately run schools on Tuesday, but House Speaker Sam Smith, a Republican, said after adjournment there had not been enough time to deal with the complicated bill, and funding was a sticking point.
Neither chamber was scheduled to return to Harrisburg before the Nov. 6 election, nor do lawmakers plan to vote on any bills in the postelection period that ends Nov. 30. A new Legislature will be sworn in in January.
The bill would subject school officials to tougher ethics rules, limit how much surplus cash the schools could keep and require annual audits, teacher evaluation standards and performance standards. It also would create a commission to make recommendations in an effort to resolve long-standing complaints over how much money charter schools and cyber charter schools are paid to educate students.
Improving conditions for charter schools to open and operate has been a prominent goal of school choice supporters and their ally Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican who supported the bill.
During closed-door negotiations, two major elements they supported ran into bipartisan opposition and were left out of the bill. One would have eliminated the power of school boards to affect the creation of a charter school, instead giving that power to a state board. The other would have stripped teachers of the ability to stop a public school building from being converted into a charter school.