Wolf pur­sues changes to char­ter school rules

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HAR­RIS­BURG — Gov. Tom Wolf says Penn­syl­va­nia needs to im­prove the op­er­a­tional and re­port­ing rules for char­ter schools and wants to change the reg­u­la­tions and laws that gov­ern them.

The Demo­cratic gov­er­nor on Tues­day di­rected his

Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment to de­velop reg­u­la­tions to limit en­roll­ment for un­der­per­form­ing schools and

re­vamp ad­mis­sions stan­dards.

He wants char­ter schools to meet stricter trans­parency, ethics and financial man­age­ment stan­dards and to pre­vent them from over­charg­ing pub­lic schools for their ser­vices.

The Penn­syl­va­nia Coali­tion of Pub­lic Char­ter Schools says some of what Wolf wants to do through ex­ec­u­tive or­ders and reg­u­la­tions isn’t law­ful.

The group says, how­ever, it sup­ports hold­ing all pub­lic schools to the same ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency stan­dards.

Tax­pay­ers fund the 180 char­ter schools, which are run by pri­vate boards. They en­roll more than 137,000 stu­dents.


Gov. Tom Wolf be­lieves the state needs to im­prove op­er­a­tional and re­port­ing rules for char­ter schools.

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