Stephen Singer describes how Governor Tom Wolf solved a knotty problem. The state Charter Appeals Board was appointed by his Republican predecessor seven years ago. When local districts rejected charter applications, the disappointed charter operators could count on the CAB to reverse the local decision. A former member of the CAB applied for a charter, was rejected by the district she was moving into, and was swiftly approved by her former CAB colleagues.

Governor Wolf solved the problem. He fired every single member of the CAB. He nominated a slate of local school board members, educators, and others concerned about the well-being of the public schools, which enroll the vast majority of the state’s students.

The CAB never took into account the fiscal impact of the charter on the local district.

The legislature, controlled by Republicans, can approve Governor Wolf’s nominees or leave the CAB with no members.