Governor Wolf Announces Establishment of New Charter School Division (Round-up)

By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant

August 26, 2016

Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced the establishment of the Pennsylvania Department of Education Division of Charter Schools as an effort to improve quality and accountability of charter schools across the commonwealth. The office will assist charter school educators and leaders in setting goals to advance student achievement, increase parent and community involvement, and ensure academic and financial responsibility.

“Charter schools play an important role in our education system, but that role must be accompanied by sufficient oversight,” Governor Wolf said. “Establishing this new division within the Department of Education will allow us to maximize our resources to not only ensure charters are being properly supported, but that they are being held accountable to taxpayers.”

Take a look at the coverage below:

  • Allentown Morning Call: Gov. Tom Wolf seeks more charter school oversight

    “Making good on a campaign promise to put tighter oversight controls on taxpayer-funded charter schools, Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday established a four-person unit within the state Department of Education to oversee the nontraditional public institutions.”

  • Philadelphia Inquirer: Pa. seeks better results, oversight with new charter school division

    “Wolf’s office said the new division would assist charter schools in setting goals for student achievement, increasing parent and community involvement, and ensuring academic and financial responsibility.”

  • WHYY Newsworks: Pa. department of education enhancing oversight of charter schools

    “The division will take a specific interest in the health of the cyber charter sector – schools which are authorized at the state level and, overall, have a track record of poor performance.”

  • Beaver County Times: Gov. Wolf announces new state division for charter school oversight

    “The Division of Charter Schools will help heighten accountability by overseeing fiscal and education programming reviews for charters and scrutinizing the reauthorization process for cyber charters, which the Department of Education administers.”

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