New Senate Education Chairman Calls for Accountability in Education System

New Senate Education Chairman Calls for Accountability in Education System

The new session brings new chairmen to both the Senate and House Education Committees and this feature spotlights Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) in his new role as Majority Chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

Right off the bat, Chairman Eichelberger said substantial change and more accountability need to be brought to Pennsylvania’s schools, particularly in tough state budget times.

Friday, January 20, 2017/Author: Matt Hess
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Senate Democratic Policy Committee tackles role of charter schools in public education

The Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing in Pittsburgh Thursday to discuss the role of charter schools in public education across the state. 

“I hope today’s hearing gives us a better sense of how the charter school system works; how it compliments, or detracts from traditional pubic schools; and ways we can make these schools more efficient, transparent and accountable,” said Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh), chairman of the committee. 

Calling Pennsylvania’s charter school law the “worst in the nation,” Auditor General Eugene DePasquale issued a 95-page audit last month that revealed numerous examples of financial mismanagement, conflicts of interest and poor oversight.

Thursday, October 13, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Auditor General DePasquale speaks out on PA charter school law

Auditor General DePasquale speaks out on PA charter school law

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held a press conference Thursday afternoon where he discussed the issue with Pennsylvania's charter school law. 

DePasquale stated that Pennsylvania has the "worst charter school law in the United States." 

Thursday, September 22, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Auditor General shines spotlight on “seriously flawed” PDE charter school payment appeal process

Auditor General shines spotlight on “seriously flawed” PDE charter school payment appeal process

Saying it’s an indictment of Pennsylvania Department of Education processes and what he called “the worst charter school law in the nation,” Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Thursday pointed out problems in the department’s charter school payment appeal process.

 

The payment appeal process is triggered when, after a school district does not pay a charter school the amount it believes it is entitled to under the current formula, the department deducts the disputed sum from the state subsidy due the school district and redirects it to the charter school.

Thursday, August 25, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
New Division of Charter Schools coming to Department of Education

New Division of Charter Schools coming to Department of Education

Gov. Tom Wolf and Education Sec. Pedro Rivera Wednesday announced the formation of a new division within the Pennsylvania Department of Education aimed at accountability and improving quality in charter schools.

 

The announcement said the new Division of Charter Schools will provide technical support and guidance to charter schools to help them increase student performance, parent and community involvement, and ensure financial and academic responsibility.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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