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Wolf visiting Logan school

Governor to discuss charter reform with area stakeholders

Gov. Tom Wolf is meeting today with area school superintendents and stakeholders to discuss his plan for charter school reform.

Wolf touts his plan as one that will strengthen charter school accountability, protect taxpayers and ensure students get the education and skills they need to succeed.

“Pennsylvania’s flawed and outdated charter school law is one of the worst in the nation,” a Wolf press release read.

In another statement Wolf said: “Pennsylvania’s charter school law is unfair for students, parents, school districts and taxpayers.

While many charter schools are succeeding, others, especially some cyber charter schools, are underperforming, and we are not doing enough to hold them accountable to the taxpaying public and the children they serve.”

Altoona Area Superintendent Charles Prijatelj welcomes the governor’s visit today at 1:30 p.m. at Logan Elementary School.

In the Altoona Area School District alone, there were 253 students who opted for cyber charter schools last year instead of Altoona Area education.

“I’m glad the governor is taking these issues with charters and cyber charters very seriously,” Prijatelj said.

Mirror Staff Writer Russ O’Reilly is at 946-7435.

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