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June 01, 2021 - Lancaster, PA

Gov. Wolf, Lancaster Co. School Leaders Call for Bipartisan Charter School Plan to Save Nearly $400 Million

With overwhelming support among school districts for his charter school accountability plan, Governor Tom Wolf visited J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster to discuss his bipartisan proposal that saves an estimated $395 million a year.

"I want to fix Pennsylvania's broken charter school law, improve education quality and accountability, and save schools and taxpayers $395 million while doing it," said Gov. Wolf. "Charter schools should be focused on students - not profits. We are currently overpaying many charter schools for the services they provide.

"This plan isn't about cutting funding - it's about realigning what taxpayers pay with what it costs to provide a charter education to students. It's about ensuring that every school, both charter and traditional, has the resources to give students the education they deserve."

The rising cost of charter schools is draining funding from traditional public schools and forcing school districts to cut education programs and raise property raises. At the same time, many charter schools are underperforming. The urgent need for reform has led to more than 400 school boards, greater than 80 percent in the state, to pass resolutions calling for charter school reform.



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18796_gov_charterSchool_dz_001.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  With overwhelming support among school districts for his charter school accountability plan, Governor Tom Wolf visited J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster today to discuss his bipartisan proposal that saves an estimated $395 million a year. Lancaster, PA  June 01, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18796_gov_charterSchool_dz_002.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  With overwhelming support among school districts for his charter school accountability plan, Governor Tom Wolf visited J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster today to discuss his bipartisan proposal that saves an estimated $395 million a year. Lancaster, PA  June 01, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18796_gov_charterSchool_dz_003.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  With overwhelming support among school districts for his charter school accountability plan, Governor Tom Wolf visited J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster today to discuss his bipartisan proposal that saves an estimated $395 million a year. Lancaster, PA  June 01, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18796_gov_charterSchool_dz_004.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Superintendent Dr. Damaris Rau, School District of Lancaster speaking with the press.  With overwhelming support among school districts for his charter school accountability plan, Governor Tom Wolf visited J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster today to discuss his bipartisan proposal that saves an estimated $395 million a year. Lancaster, PA  June 01, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18796_gov_charterSchool_dz_005.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Representative Mike Sturla speaking with the press.  With overwhelming support among school districts for his charter school accountability plan, Governor Tom Wolf visited J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster today to discuss his bipartisan proposal that saves an estimated $395 million a year. Lancaster, PA  June 01, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18796_gov_charterSchool_dz_006.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  With overwhelming support among school districts for his charter school accountability plan, Governor Tom Wolf visited J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster today to discuss his bipartisan proposal that saves an estimated $395 million a year. Lancaster, PA  June 01, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18796_gov_charterSchool_dz_007.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Principal Justin Reese, J.P. McCaskey High School (incoming principal) speaking with the press.  With overwhelming support among school districts for his charter school accountability plan, Governor Tom Wolf visited J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster today to discuss his bipartisan proposal that saves an estimated $395 million a year. Lancaster, PA  June 01, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18796_gov_charterSchool_dz_008.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  With overwhelming support among school districts for his charter school accountability plan, Governor Tom Wolf visited J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster today to discuss his bipartisan proposal that saves an estimated $395 million a year. Lancaster, PA  June 01, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18796_gov_charterSchool_dz_009.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with school administrators.  With overwhelming support among school districts for his charter school accountability plan, Governor Tom Wolf visited J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster today to discuss his bipartisan proposal that saves an estimated $395 million a year. Lancaster, PA  June 01, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18796_gov_charterSchool_dz_010.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  With overwhelming support among school districts for his charter school accountability plan, Governor Tom Wolf visited J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster today to discuss his bipartisan proposal that saves an estimated $395 million a year. Lancaster, PA  June 01, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18796_gov_charterSchool_dz_011.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with school administrators.  With overwhelming support among school districts for his charter school accountability plan, Governor Tom Wolf visited J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster today to discuss his bipartisan proposal that saves an estimated $395 million a year. Lancaster, PA  June 01, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18796_gov_charterSchool_dz_012.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  With overwhelming support among school districts for his charter school accountability plan, Governor Tom Wolf visited J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster today to discuss his bipartisan proposal that saves an estimated $395 million a year. Lancaster, PA  June 01, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18796_gov_charterSchool_dz_013.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Superintendent Brian Bliss, Solanco School District speaking with the press.  With overwhelming support among school districts for his charter school accountability plan, Governor Tom Wolf visited J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster today to discuss his bipartisan proposal that saves an estimated $395 million a year. Lancaster, PA  June 01, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18796_gov_charterSchool_dz_014.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  With overwhelming support among school districts for his charter school accountability plan, Governor Tom Wolf visited J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster today to discuss his bipartisan proposal that saves an estimated $395 million a year. Lancaster, PA  June 01, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18796_gov_charterSchool_dz_015.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>School leaders speaking to the press.  With overwhelming support among school districts for his charter school accountability plan, Governor Tom Wolf visited J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster today to discuss his bipartisan proposal that saves an estimated $395 million a year. Lancaster, PA  June 01, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18796_gov_charterSchool_dz_016.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  With overwhelming support among school districts for his charter school accountability plan, Governor Tom Wolf visited J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster today to discuss his bipartisan proposal that saves an estimated $395 million a year. Lancaster, PA  June 01, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18796_gov_charterSchool_dz_017.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  With overwhelming support among school districts for his charter school accountability plan, Governor Tom Wolf visited J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster today to discuss his bipartisan proposal that saves an estimated $395 million a year. Lancaster, PA  June 01, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18796_gov_charterSchool_dz_018.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  With overwhelming support among school districts for his charter school accountability plan, Governor Tom Wolf visited J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster today to discuss his bipartisan proposal that saves an estimated $395 million a year. Lancaster, PA  June 01, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18796_gov_charterSchool_dz_019.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  With overwhelming support among school districts for his charter school accountability plan, Governor Tom Wolf visited J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster today to discuss his bipartisan proposal that saves an estimated $395 million a year. Lancaster, PA  June 01, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18796_gov_charterSchool_dz_020.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  With overwhelming support among school districts for his charter school accountability plan, Governor Tom Wolf visited J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster today to discuss his bipartisan proposal that saves an estimated $395 million a year. Lancaster, PA  June 01, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18796_gov_charterSchool_dz_021.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with school administrators.  With overwhelming support among school districts for his charter school accountability plan, Governor Tom Wolf visited J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster today to discuss his bipartisan proposal that saves an estimated $395 million a year. Lancaster, PA  June 01, 2021