On April 20, 2017, The Herald published an article by John Finnerty about the charter school bill advancing in the House of Representatives. The article cited PennCAN’s Executive Director:
Overall, the legislation has largely shed most of the controversial elements, said Jonathan Cetel, executive director of the Pennsylvania Campaign for Achievement Now, an independent advocacy group lobbying for innovations to improvement school performance.
“It reflects years of compromise and negotiation,” he said. “All that remains are commonsense policies that meet the needs of both charter schools and traditional public schools.”
Cetel added that he hopes the proposed commission would resolve the controversy over how much school districts should be paying to charters.
“I used to think a commission is what you did to kill an idea,” he said. But, Pennsylvania’s success with basic education funding and special education funding commissions suggest the approach can generate solutions, Cetel said.
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