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PA Charters’ position on Governor Corbett’s budget.

Apr19

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) understands the tremendous financial challenges that the Commonwealth is confronting and supports the Governor’s effort to rebuild Pennsylvania’s commitment to strong fiscal responsibility and good stewardship of public resources. But, we also believe that the initially recommended cuts to public education in the proposed state budget are […] More »

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Charter School Groups Applaud Reform Legislation.

Apr18

WEST CHESTER, PA (April 18, 2011) — The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) and the PA Families for Cyber Charter Schools applaud state lawmakers who drafted legislation aimed toward reforming charter school law (HB 1348). Representatives Thomas Killion, Tony Payton, and Jim Marshall have taken a bipartisan lead to serve the best interests […] More »

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PA Charters strongly supports the vigorous investigation of misuse of public funds.

Apr15

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools strongly supports the vigorous investigation of any persons or organizations suspected of misuse of public funds. If warranted, prosecution should be aggressive and, if found guilty, those convicted should be penalized to the full extent of the law. Fraud in any public school undermines the integrity and credibility […] More »

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Senate Bill 904: A tremendous step in the right direction for Charter Schools

Apr12

Senate Bill 904 is a tremendous step in the right direction, not only for charter schools, but for all public education in Pennsylvania. It legitimizes the charter school option as a fundamental part of the fabric of public education in Pennsylvania; removes political shackles from high quality charter school operators; and provides fair, transparent, and […] More »

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PA Supreme Court orders Department of Education to pay $1.3 million to Walter D. Palmer Charter School

Apr12

PHILADELPHIA – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered the Department of Education to pay the Philadelphia-based Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School $1.3 million the School District of Philadelphia had previously refused to pay the charter school. Last month, the Pennsylvania Department of Education affirmed that the School District of Philadelphia had no authority […] More »

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School District of Philadelphia introduces law to cut funding to Charter Schools

Apr08

The following letter was sent yesterday to the Governor’s office in protest of an over-reaching change to state law to defund Charter Schools by the School District of Philadelphia. Dear Governor Corbett, The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) is calling for a quick and ill-conceived change in state law that would cut charter school funding […] More »

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State Charter Coalition Looks Beyond Headlines for Solutions

Apr06

WEST CHESTER, PA (April 6, 2011) — The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) is reviewing data from charter schools across the state in an effort to determine why some charter schools are excelling and why others are not. Data released from Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) today on performance […] More »

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