Thanks for pushing charter oversight

letter in the Philadelphia Inquirer, 5/15/10:

I am writing to thank and applaud State Sens. Andrew E. Dinniman (D., Chester) and Jeffrey E. Piccola (R., Dauphin) for their bipartisan leadership in sponsoring Senate Bill 1134, and helping it pass unanimously through the Senate Education Committee they cochair (“New law planned to bolster Pa. charter oversight,” May 5). This legislation, which now heads to the full Senate for a vote, will bring much-needed oversight, accountability, and transparency to charter and cyber-school education across the commonwealth.

As was recently chronicled in The Inquirer, for too long, cyber and charter schools in Pennsylvania have operated outside the rules. Too little oversight has resulted in far too many cases of gross mismanagement and misappropriation of funds. When already scarce resources are squandered, so is the public trust. When children are not adequately served, neither is our future as a community. As a candidate for Pennsylvania House District 156, I did note, however, that companion legislation has not yet been introduced in the Pennsylvania House. I urge our leaders in the House to follow the lead of Dinniman and Piccola.

Mark Stevens
West Chester


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