By: Don Shaw email: don.shaw@pennsylvaniachronicle.com (570) 543-2961

Gov Tom Wolf says he’s moving charter school improvements, advocate says he hurts minority students

Gov Tom Wolf says he’s moving charter school improvements, advocate says he hurts minority students
Harrisburg, PA

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, today, released information on progress he says needs to be made on charter schools saying, “Many of our students aren’t getting the quality education they deserve because of our flawed charter school law. In August, I announced my charter school reform plan. Here’s a look at the progress we’ve made since then.”

In rolling out this plan Wolf said in August, “Pennsylvania’s current charter school law doesn’t hold charters to the same standards as public schools. As a result, the education of many of our students is suffering. It’s time to hold charter schools accountable to taxpayers and the students they serve.”

Advocates for charter schools Corey A. DeAngelis said on Reason.com, “Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recently vetoed a bill that would have expanded private school choice for low- and middle-income families in the state. Less than two months later, Wolf is calling to further regulate the commonwealth’s public charter schools.

The governor’s plan calls to “prevent charters from overcharging school districts and taxpayers” to achieve “fair funding.” This recommendation has it completely backward. According to the most recent data from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, district-run public schools spend $19,242 per child and public charter schools spend $14,113 per child. This large funding disparity is especially disturbing considering public charter schools serve over double the proportion of students of color and 1.3 times the proportion of economically disadvantaged students compared to district-run schools.

 

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