Pennsylvania: Bipartisan Charter School Accountability Plan

Protects taxpayers by reigning in skyrocketing charter school costs
Protects students by holding low performing charter schools accountable
Protects the public trust by increasing transparency of for-profit management companies

Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) Pennsylvania school districts would save an estimated $395 million under Gov. Tom Wolf’s commonsense and fair bipartisan plan to hold charter schools accountable to students, parents and taxpayers.  The governor announced the updated savings estimate during a press conference today at G.A.R. Memorial Junior & Senior High School, in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County.

As part of his budget, the governor is also proposing a historic $1.3 billion investment in public schools to strengthen education, while cutting taxes for working families and businesses.

“Our goal to provide a high-quality education to all students in Pennsylvania is undermined by our outdated charter school law,” said Gov. Wolf.  “Pennsylvania’s charter school law is among the worst in the entire country.  Some charter schools in Pennsylvania are outstanding institutions with a solid track record giving students an excellent education.  But the way the law is set up, we can’t guarantee that every charter school is actually putting students ahead of profits.

“Sadly, research shows that some charter schools are failing students, while at the same time charging taxpayers exorbitant amounts of money.”

The uncontrolled cost of charter schools is draining funding from traditional neighborhood public schools, forcing school districts to cut educational programs and hike local property taxes.

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