Leader Vindicator by Josh Walzak, January 28, 2022
Harrisburg – Following state Rep. Joe Ciresi’s Capitol press conference on charter school accountability reform last week, Governor Tom Wolf applauded the legislators for their commitment and repeated his call for the General Assembly to pass the fair and bipartisan plan to improve charter schools in Pennsylvania. The governor and legislators unveiled a plan last year that protects students by holding low performing charter schools accountable, protects taxpayers by reining in skyrocketing charter school costs and improves the public trust by increasing transparency of for-profit companies that manage some charter schools. “I thank Rep. Ciresi and other members of the General Assembly who are working hard to fix Pennsylvania’s broken charter school law, improve education quality and accountability, and save schools and taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars,” said Gov. Wolf. “Every student needs an education that prepares them for success in life, which is why charter schools should be focused on students – not profits. “This is not about cutting funding. This is about ensuring taxpayers are not overpaying charter schools and draining money from traditional public school classrooms. We must ensure that every school, both charter and traditional, has the resources to give students the education they need.”
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