Jonathan Cetel is the founding executive director of PennCAN. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“We came very, very, very close to getting charter reform.”

That’s how Governor Corbett describes what happened last spring when our lawmakers failed to reform Pennsylvania’s outdated charter school law before going on recess. Their failure to come to an agreement left more than 40,000 students on waiting lists hoping for a better education.

So on the first day of the fall legislative session, PennCAN stood with more than 300 parents, students and advocates on the steps of the capitol to let lawmakers know that coming “very, very, very close” to charter reform is just not close enough.

Lawmakers have one more chance to reform Pennsylvania’s outdated charter school law. You can click here to tell Governor Corbett to use his leadership to pass the charter bill before session ends on October 17.



If it passes, SB 1115 will make badly needed updates to Pennsylvania’s charter school law so that our best charter schools can reach more students—including those 40,000 kids stuck on waiting lists. But it won’t be a priority in Harrisburg this fall unless we make it one.

I hope you’ll join me in telling Governor Corbett that it’s time to step up as Pennsylvania’s “education governor.” Our kids can’t afford to go ignored for yet another year.



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