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
Categories: News and Views
Sen. Browne on charter reform: "We have to do it right, so we need to put it off until the fall"

Sen. Browne on charter reform: "We have to do it right, so we need to put it off until the fall"

Sen. Patrick Browne (R-Lehigh) discusses pushing charter reform off until the fall. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
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PA Supreme Court to review decision creating “extra-legislative scheme” for amending charter school charters

PA Supreme Court to review decision creating “extra-legislative scheme” for amending charter school charters

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Tuesday announced it will be taking the appeal of Discovery Charter School, who is complaining, that—among other things—the Commonwealth Court erred when it created what they say is an “extra-legislative scheme’ for amending charter school charters that is not contained in the Charter School Law.

The appeal stems from the case Discovery Charter School v. School Reform Commission, where the Commonwealth Court held that the School Reform Commission’s inaction on Discovery’s attempted amendment to its charter during its renewal phase constituted a denial of the amendment, and that denial was then appealable to the State Charter School Appeal Board.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Gov. Wolf talks education funding, school choice

Gov. Wolf talks education funding, school choice

Gov. Tom Wolf took a scheduled appearance on 1410AM KQV radio Tuesday morning to address issues concerning education funding and school choice options.

Speaking first to education funding, Gov. Wolf said the so-called framework budget encapsulated in Senate Bill 1073 provided for an investment in education “I thought we had all agreed on.”

Tuesday, January 19, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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