Senator Piccola speaks to the Senate on the valuable role of charter schools

June 13, 2012

Harrisburg PA: Pennsylvania State Senator Jeffrey Piccola speaks to the Senate about the success and role of charter schools in serving the most at risk children in the state, specifically in the cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Watch the video below (approx. 14 min).

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  1. Lorraine Andersen / June 14th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    As the CEO & Founder of one of the first charter schools in Pennsylvania, I am so thankful for the these words and apprecate the accurate statements about charter schools. We work with less funds, extend hours of school (8:15 to 4:00 students – 7:30 to 4:15 teachers) and are open 200 days, a year. (no loss of learning, no long review time when school resumes in August)

    We could not exist without the larger public school districts or without busing from all the districts that use our schools. We will NEVER replace larger public school districts!. We need each other and we have the luxury of size and partnerships that allow us to innovate, try new ways of providing education and give parents options, expand choice. We are directly empowering those who have, for so lond, fallen through the cracks and deal with poverty issues in a cycle that we are breaking! .

    We are working with our big school districts, we are sharing talents and resources and as a team, we are making history and everyone benefits. Let’s stop the blaming and embrace the BEST in every resourceful, well managed school in our great state.

    Lorraine Andersen
    Founder (1997) & CEO
    Chester County Family Academy
    West Chester, Pa.

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