Charter school reforms supported by McNeill

ALLENTOWN, Aug. 13 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, said she supports the charter school reform proposals announced today by Gov. Tom Wolf.

“The Pennsylvania Constitution requires the state to adequately fund public education, but it’s inherent upon us as state legislators to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent in the most appropriate manner possible. As it stands now, charter schools do not have the proper transparency and oversight required of other public schools and we must change that going forward.

“I applaud the governor for executing his plan for charter school reform. Many of these schools are failing their students and are draining money from our public school districts that are woefully underfunded. I am not against all charter schools, but we must demand more transparency and accountability from them just like we do from traditional public schools.

“The governor has a very detailed plan to work on making them a positive and productive partner to our public school districts and not a hindrance.

“It’s been more than 20 years since the charter school law took effect, yet there have been few changes to the law.

“We can do better. We must do better. Our students deserve a world-class education no matter where they go to school,” McNeill said.