Kortz supports Governor Wolf’s call for charter, cyber charter school oversight, overhaul of 1997 charter school law

HARRISBURG, Aug. 14 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, provided the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s call yesterday to overhaul the state’s charter school law:


“I applaud and support the governor’s decision to take executive action to address the lack of fiscal and management accountability of charter and cyber charter schools in the commonwealth,” Kortz said. “I agree with him: the state’s charter school law in Pennsylvania is – indeed – one of the most fiscally irresponsible laws in the country.


“The financial strain that has been placed on the schools in my district to support these charter schools is outrageous, and their operational costs are way out of alignment. One of the reasons why I voted ‘no’ on the 2019-2020 budget is because it did not include any remedies to address these concerns related to charter schools. These costs are draining vital funds away from our public schools and leading to steep hikes in property taxes for homeowners in my district. That is beyond unacceptable.


“At a minimum, these schools must be made fiscally responsible and accountable to students, parents, and taxpayers, and these schools must also be audited on a regular basis to stay and remain in compliance with the Pennsylvania Department of Education.


“I support Governor Wolf’s efforts and look forward to working with him and my colleagues in the House and Senate on legislation to address charter and cyber charter schools in the very near future.”