PCPCS Statement – PDE Division of Charter Schools
August 24, 2016
Earlier today the Wolf Administration announced the creation of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Division of Charter Schools. If this initiative is consistent with other actions by the Governor relative to undermining the viability of charter schools, regardless of how effective they are in educating children, then this new Charter Office is something to be concerned about. If, however, this new division is truly dedicated to listening to charter schools and improving public education for all students in Pennsylvania, then we will be supportive.
The fact that no charter school has been consulted in the creation of this office is not a good start, but we will see how the office is funded and staffed and watch closely what it actually does. We are cautiously optimistic, but the charter community has been burned before and our honest initial impression is that this may be another effort to undermine school choice in Pennsylvania, regardless of the statements in the press release regarding improving quality and accountability. We are anxious to work with PDE on this initiative if we are invited to do so, but time will tell the real purpose and value of this new Charter Office.
Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools