The report Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released on September 22 regarding the current charter school laws sends a clear message to our state legislature that change is needed.
My opponent, Jim Christiana, has enabled this kind of behavior to exist during his eight years in office. Period. He has accepted thousands upon thousands of dollars from PACs who have a stake in charter school and management companies. This is not an indictment of charter schools and the devoted teachers and staff members who are often paid less than their colleagues in brick and mortar schools. This is an indictment of charter school laws that have existed in their current state for close to 20 years. Laws that our very own legislature has the authority to change.
I specifically addressed the issue of a public oversight board at a town hall meeting, yet Jim Christiana said it wasn’t possible. He has ignored repeated pleas by the tax payers and school districts to address these issues, and he did absolutely nothing about it. This is the reason public districts are in distress. I hold him and any other legislator that failed to address the abuse of charter laws and funds personally accountable.
Something needs to be done. Jim Christiana has had eight years in which to address, or attempt to address it, and he has failed to do so. I pledge to vote in support of charter school law reform when I’m elected as your next state representative so that these loopholes can be closed, and fiscal and ethical responsibility can be restored.