Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and lawmakers announced bipartisan legislation to fix Pennsylvania’s broken charter school law. Under the current law, charter schools aren’t being held accountable, and students are being left behind.
The governor’s plan will hold schools accountable to students, families and communities, improve education quality, protect public transparency and save taxpayers millions of dollars each year.
The plan has received support from education groups for its focus on quality and accountability:
LEARN Pennsylvania Chair Frank Gallagher
“We are grateful that Governor Wolf and members of the General Assembly understand the urgent need for charter school funding reform for Pennsylvania taxpayers. This bipartisan proposal will end overpayments to charter schools that have driven up property taxes and preserve parent choice.
“The proposed legislation will save $229 million dollars for school districts this year; but more importantly it will finally address the biggest cost drivers in school district budgets. To continue on the current path is financially unsustainable.
“Our current funding system allows charter schools to divert resources meant for students with disabilities for other purposes. It also forces school districts to pay twice as much for cyber charter programs than we pay for our own remote learning programs.