Gov. Wolf announces new state division for charter school oversight

Source: Katherine Schaeffer, The Times, August 25, 2016

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday that a new division of the Pennsylvania Department of Education will play a key role in improving charter schools’ quality and accountability. PDE’s Division of Charter Schools will offer technical support and guidance to school educators and leaders, with a focus on advancing student achievement, boosting parent and community engagement and ensuring academic and financial responsibility. … The Division of Charter Schools will help heighten accountability by overseeing fiscal and education programming reviews for charters and scrutinizing the reauthorization process for cyber charters, which the Department of Education administers. Its duties will include: developing academic programming policy; establishing measures that will monitor students’ achievement and growth; evaluating charter school compliance with school improvement plans, comprehensive plans and other governance documents; completing audits and reviews ahead of charter renewal; overseeing program and fiscal integrity for cyber and brick and mortar charters; and analyzing data reported to the Department of Education. …


Wolf sets up charter school division within Ed Department
Source: Associated Press, August 24, 2016

Pennsylvania’s governor is setting up a new charter schools office within the state Department of Education to improve support and oversight. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday said the Division of Charter Schools will help set goals for students, boost parental involvement and increase public accountability. Education Secretary Pedro Rivera says the change is part of a series of efforts related to charter schools, aiming to ensure they’re held to the same standards as other public schools. …