Gov. Wolf wants to ‘level the playing field’ with charter reform, but not everyone is on board

PA Capital Star by Marley Parish, June 3, 2021 
Saying that he wants to bring accountability to what he describes as a broken system, Gov. Tom Wolf again has called on lawmakers to “level the playing field” with charter school reform.  But not everyone can get behind his method for repair. Joined by educators in Lancaster County on Tuesday, Wolf promoted his bipartisan proposal to reform Pennsylvania’s 24-year-old charter school law. As it’s currently written, the plan would implement a funding formula to calculate charter school tuition payments to regulate how taxpayer dollars are spent, saving an estimated $395 million a year. “Charter schools should be focused on students — not profits,” Wolf said. “We are currently overpaying many charter schools for the services they provide. This plan isn’t about cutting funding. It’s about realigning what taxpayers pay with what it costs to provide a charter education to students. It’s about ensuring that every school, both charter and traditional, has the resources to give students the education they deserve.” 
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