Like a lot of parents across America, I watched as state governments and public school monopolies failed our children when schools were closed during the COVID lockdown. 

For years, states such as Pennsylvania told anyone who would listen that they could do online learning better and cheaper than charter schools.

But when that moment came, Pennsylvania districts, like so many others, weren’t ready at all. Cyber charter schools were. In fact, they offered to help and partner with public school districts. Districts declined. Their students suffered.

Gov. Tom Wolf likes to go on “Schools That Teach Tours” in Pennsylvania, yet he’s never visited a charter school. How does he reward these schools that actually kept teaching during the pandemic? By trying to ram through something he calls “charter school reform,” which is really a poorly disguised “charter school closure” plan.

As a national organization of parents who value the ability to choose the schools that are best for our children, Wolf is just the latest in a long line of Democratic governors who feast on teacher union contributions and then work to close the competition.

In doing so, Wolf wants to cut a lifeline to families who are trying to escape failing school districts.

Letrisha Weber

President of the National Coalition of Public School Options

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