Gov. Wolf’s charter school accountability plan saves nearly $280 million

Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to improve the educational quality of charter schools and control rising costs will save nearly $280 million a year, the governor told the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators on Friday… More

Gov. Wolf set to discuss charter school reform package

Governor Tom Wolf is set to discuss his charter school reform package and encourage new legislation. Right now there are almost 200 charter schools in Pennsylvania but the Governor says the state’s charter school law is among the worst in the country. Governor Wolf says our charter school law is flawed and outdated… More

Pennsylvania lawmaker plans hearings on cyber charter school bill by year’s end

A Pennsylvania lawmaker who introduced a bill aimed at changing the structure of the state’s charter school system said he intends to hold public hearings before the year draws to a close. In House Bill 1897, state Rep… More

‘Bizarre’ circumstances have a charter school appeal stuck in limbo in Harrisburg, with taxpayers footing the bill

The state Charter Appeals Board, which mediates disputes between locally elected school boards and charter schools, is currently unable to take action on an appeal brought by the Propel Charter School network, which wants to consolidate 13 campuses in Pittsburgh into one entity overseen by a single board and administration… More

Philadelphia may soon require all charter schools to accommodate trans kids

City Council is considering a proposal that would require Philadelphia institutions that serve children, including charter schools, to accommodate transgender and gender-nonconforming youth, including allowing those individuals to wear clothing and use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity… More

Gov. Wolf announces new fees for Pennsylvania charter schools

Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday announced that the state Department of Education will enact new fees directed at charter schools. The “fee-for-service model” will charge charter schools to resolve payment disputes with local school districts. It is part of a sweeping charter school reform plan that Wolf announced earlier this month… More

Wolf to Erie educators: Charter school law ‘outdated’

The Erie School District has the highest charter school costs in Erie County, but it is far from the only local public school system that is concerned about charters. The support throughout the county for charter reform was apparent on Thursday, when Gov… More

Wolf administration takes next step in updating charter school regulations

The reform to Pennsylvania’s “flawed and outdated” charter school law is moving forward with the process of developing regulations by opening a public comment period to gather information on the need for charter school reform, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday… More

Poor school districts are funding the state’s cyber charter schools, research shows. That wasn’t always the case

Pennsylvania’s cyber charter schools — taxpayer-funded, privately managed schools that offer their curriculum online — enrolled close to 39,000 students in the 2018-19 academic year, according to a Capital-Star analysis of state Department of Education data… More

Pennsylvania superintendents, charter school administrators agree on need for funding changes, differ on details

Members of the Pennsylvania State Senate Education Committee heard contrasting comments this week from public education superintendents and leaders of statewide cyber charter schools about funding issues both face in educating students… More