HARRISBURG, Sept. 29, 2011 — Surrounded by students from Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School and other Pennsylvania charter school students and advocates, state Sen. Anthony H. Williams this week called on the General Assembly to support charter school reform legislation.
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The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools, which hosted the Sept. 28 rally at the State Capitol, urged support of legislation circulating in the Senate and House that would establish a consistent codified system of charter school transparency and accountability and also increase the availability of charter schooling as an option for public school choice.
“We need a more concise system for our charter schools because this movement is growing. Parents are demanding a better education for their children and they are finding it in the public charter school system,” said Williams (D-Phila./Delaware). “It’s imperative that we not only recognize this movement, but ensure that the expectations and rules are consistent for every school.”
Williams said that the charter school reform movement should not be treated as an extremist movement because it is being done with Pennsylvania’s children’s best interests in mind.
“Our children’s education must be a top priority because their ability to learn, to succeed and to eventually become taxpaying citizens who contribute to our economy are crucial to the future of this commonwealth,” Williams said. “You can’t get ahead without an educated workforce.”