Cyber School Regulation
Pennsylvania Cyber-Charter Schools are hard to regulate and thus may easily break or bend the law to benefit a few individuals who control the purses of the school.
Tom Wolf states on his website:
“Pennsylvania cyber charter schools are doing a dismal job of educating students. Governor Corbett, who’s responsible for their performance, should be ashamed of himself.
In order to ensure that every student receives a quality education and taxpayer dollars are spent appropriately, Tom Wolf will set new cyber charter oversight requirements, including:
There are too many reports of cyber charter schools inflating enrollment numbers and failing to report students who drop out of school. Taxpayer dollars should follow our students and not help cyber charter operators expand their wallets. As a result, cyber charter schools will be required to regularly submit student attendance data and return funds to local school districts for students that leave during the course of the school year.”
Charter School Oversight is Lax and Ineffective
The Charter School Law does not go far enough to protect the taxpayer from dishonesty or misconduct.
Cyber Charter Renewal
Strong and community-supporting Charter Schools should not have to spend time and effort getting their charters reauthorized every five years. SB 1085 allows them a way to get 10 year charters through a performance standard.
Reforming Pennsylvania’s Charter School Sector
On Tom Wolf’s website, he states:
“Reforming Pennsylvania’s Charter School Sector: The state’s charter school sector is one piece of our public education system. It can play an important role in introducing new and innovative teaching practices that can be expanded to local school districts. Unfortunately, Governor Corbett and others in Harrisburg have prioritized mass expansion and deregulation.”
Expansion and Deregulation of PA Charter Schools Over Accountability and Student Outcomes
MYTH: Tom Wolf accuses Governor Corbett of prioritized mass expansion and deregulation of Pennsylvania’s Charter Schools over accountability and student outcomes.
On Tom Wolf’s website, he states in reference to “Reforming Pennsylvania’s Charter School Sector:”
“The state’s charter school sector is one piece of our public education system. It can play an important role in introducing new and innovative teaching practices that can be expanded to local school districts. Unfortunately, Governor Corbett and others in Harrisburg have prioritized mass expansion and deregulation of this sector over accountability and student outcomes.” http://wolfforpa.com/sections/page/charter-school-reform