Pennsylvania state auditor points to lack of charter oversight

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Oversight of charter schools in Pennsylvania is "a mess," state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has concluded, based on a series of public meetings across the commonwealth.

To help clean it up, DePasquale called Monday for creating an independent charter oversight board, restoring charter reimbursements for school districts, and requiring the state to pick up the tab for cyber charter schools.

DePasquale, a Democrat, said taxpayer-funded charter schools, which enroll 120,000 students across the state, are here to stay. Many are effective, he said, but an overhaul of the 1997 state law that authorized them is long overdue.

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