Emrick Questions Need for Auditor General’s Report on Charter Schools
5/13/2014
HARRISBURG – The auditor general’s recently released report, suggesting reform for Pennsylvania’s charter schools is needed, yet infers a lack of legislative action, is disingenuous according to Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Northampton), author of House Bill 618 which passed the House Sept. 25, 2013.

Emrick, a former school teacher, issued the following statement in response to the findings:

“As a parent and a former educator, I welcome the auditor general’s interest in improving Pennsylvania’s system of education. As the role implies, the auditor general is well aware of the significant investment in education the state has made each of the last three years, and will again, this coming budget year.

“Unfortunately, the intent of the report should be questioned and could be considered politically motivated as the audit report recommendations reiterate actions already taken by the House when it passed House Bill 618, charter school reform legislation. The bill passed eight months ago with 133 bipartisan votes and awaits Senate action. The House bill improves education options for students and parents, and offers financial savings for school districts and, in turn, Commonwealth taxpayers.

“House Bill 618 increases accountability and transparency through the creation of a funding advisory commission. It helps Pennsylvania meet its constitutional obligation to educate our students, and the Legislature honor its oath to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars.

“I look forward to my Senate colleagues moving House Bill 618 to Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk for his signature into law.”

Representative Joe Emrick
137th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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