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PA Education Secretary Ron Tomalis chastised for changing charter schools' test rules

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 5, 2012 5:15 PM

(Harrisburg) — State Education Secretary Ron Tomalis is being criticized for changing the rules for testing student achievement in charter schools.

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In a story published Friday, public school officials told The Morning Call in Allentown that the changes made it easier for the privately run, publicly funded charter schools to meet state benchmarks for academic progress.

They also criticized Tomalis for making the change for the 2011-12 school year without getting required federal approval.

Education Department spokesman Tim Eller says the new rules treat charter schools like school districts for the purpose of judging their performance, since both serve multiple-grade populations.

Eller calls the change "routine" and said federal approval is anticipated.

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