PDE attorney Mark Zaccarelli at the Dec. 3 meeting of the charter appeals board in Harrisburg. The appointed members of the board typically attend via conference call.

Whether they know it or not, Pittsburgh taxpayers have spent the past six months in the middle of an ongoing standoff between the Democratic Wolf administration and leaders in the state Senate.

The issue at hand? The membership of a state oversight board that many Pennsylvanians have probably never heard of.

Wolf and the Senate leaders have spent months trying to agree on appointees to Pennsylvania’s Charter School Appeals Board, which can reverse local school boards’ decisions to block new charter schools or to close existing ones.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh’s city’s public school district has spent tens of thousands

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