Gov. Corbett calls Chester Community Charter model for school choice
May 02, 2011
“What you are doing here needs to be reported to all the people of Pennsylvania so that they can understand what can be accomplished if there’s a vision, if there’s a commitment, and if there’s determination and if there’s choice,” Corbett said to students who filled the bleachers in the CCCS gymnasium. “Because that’s what you’re exercising here today.
“You are here because your parents have committed to seeing their kids have a good education.”
Founded in 1998, Chester Community Charter has grown from a K-2 school with less than 100 students being taught in three conference rooms of a hotel to a K-8 operation with more than 2,700 students split between an east and west campus.
In addition to students, parents and CCCS staff, Corbett was joined at the event by 15 Republican members of the state House, three Republican members of the state Senate and four of the five Republicans who comprise Delaware County Council.
Also on hand were school founders Vahan and Danielle Gureghian, and the president of the CCCS Board of Trustees, Magisterial District Judge Spencer B. Seaton Jr.
“We believe that learning is a defining characteristic of all human beings and that learning needs to be
nurtured, supported and guided toward independence,” said school CEO Steven Lee, who also thanked students, parents and staff for helping Chester Community Charter meet the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) benchmarks set by the state Department of Education for the second consecutive year.