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Cyber student not allowed to attend prom

Apr29

Eleanor Lohry, 18, already has the dress and the shoes, but the West Shore School District is not allowing the cyber student to attend Cedar Cliff High School’s prom. The Lemoyne teenager attended Cedar Cliff High School her Freshman year, but after several medical issues caused her to fall behind in classes, her family decided […] More »

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DN Editorial: Disenfranchised: State needs to support crucial business tax

Apr29

WE ALL KNOW the school district is in bad shape. But it could actually get worse, because Gov. Corbett’s assumptions about revenue coming into the state have not panned out. That could jeopardize the $120 million in state aid the schools are counting on to help fill its own $300 million hole. Unlike the schools, […] More »

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Sen. Anthony Williams Op-Ed: Phila. School District on Brink of Collapse

Apr29

By Anthony Hardy Williams The School District of Philadelphia is tipping toward the brink of absolute collapse. That’s reality. Yet that hasn’t jostled most of us from our assumptions about the district’s budgeting process as a Chicken Little-style extortion attempt that will feature a miraculous recovery. That’s unconscionable. Still, the respective corners – City Hall, […] More »

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Phila. schools’ cash crunch may cut charter growth

Apr27

Citing a $304 million shortfall, the Philadelphia School District announced Thursday that it would recommend against expanding any charter schools in 2013-14. “Given our dire financial prospects, we must ask for shared sacrifices from our partners,” Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said in a statement Thursday evening. “It would be irresponsible for the district to […] More »

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Gov. Corbett signs special education funding commission bill into law

Apr26

Gov. Tom Corbett on Thursday signed into law House Bill 2 to create a panel to examine special education funding for school districts. Funding for school special education programs is based on an estimate that the average daily enrollment of each school district includes 16 percent of students with special education needs. The law aims […] More »

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DEP Awards Spectrum Charter School

Apr23

On Earth Day, Spectrum Charter School was awarded a PA Department of Environmental Protection Education Grant by Governor Corbett.  These funds will be used to teach students about watersheds and related fields in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  We will be purchasing rain barrels, seeds, gardening tools, mini greenhouses, and water conservation books. Also, in […] More »

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PA Virtual Student: Don’t Cut Cyber Charter Funding

Apr22

I’ve been at Pennsylvania Virtual Charter Schools since kindergarten, and now I’m in ninth grade. My school is considered a public cyber charter school, which is different than homeschooling. In this letter, I’m going to state why I love this school, explain the difference between homeschooling and public charter schools, and why public cyber charter […] More »

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Tribune Review: Student Advocates for Cyber Charter Schools at State Hearing

Apr18

Hattie Henderson, a 2012 Achievement House Cyber Charter School graduate, attended a House education hearing to advocate for cyber schools. “I felt like I was able to put a face on what cyber school was like for some students,” said Henderson, who graduated as valedictorian from Achievement House. “Cyber school…made a huge impact on my life […] More »

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Senator Folmer: Pennsylvania’s education debate must focus on kids, parents

Apr16

Presently, it is parents who decide to enroll their children in cyber schools (or other schools). Parents should make such decisions: They know best what’s best for their children. I don’t think government – any government – should interfere with these rights – ever. This will be my guiding principle whenever the General Assembly deliberates […] More »

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HB 2: Special Ed. Funding Overhaul Goes to Governor’s Desk

Apr15

The Senate on Tuesday voted to send legislation to Gov. Tom Corbett that would establish a 15-member commission to develop a special education funding formula to replace an archaic one that is more than two decades old. HB 2 defines three levels for special ed funding for all public schools – traditional, cyber charter, and brick and […] More »

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CALL FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS PROGRAM PEER REVIEWERS

Apr12

The Charter Schools Program (CSP) at the U.S. Department of Education is seeking peer reviewers (field readers) to read and evaluate discretionary grant applications submitted under the program’s discretionary grant competitions.  Serving as a peer reviewer is an excellent opportunity to contribute to our nation’s education reform efforts by ensuring the effective allocation of federal […] More »

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Action Alert !

Apr12

Ask your Member of Congress to Support More Federal Funding for Public Charter Schools! Four public charter school champions in the U.S. House of Representatives are seeking support for an increase in federal funds for the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP). Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO), Tom Petri (R-WI), Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Duncan Hunter (R-CA) […] More »

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Rep. Grove Tours Cyber Charter School

Apr11

In response to the PCPCS cyber charter members’ “Get to Know Us” campaign, State Representative Seth Grove recently toured the Achievement House Cyber Charter School in Exton. “Representative Grove spent two hours touring our facility, meeting with much of our staff, and asking a lot of questions,” said AHCCS CEO Dr. Tim Daniels. “It was […] More »

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Get Ready to call into PCN April 10!

Apr09

Representative James Roebuck recently introduced HB 934. This bill would have devastating effects to both cyber charter and brick and mortar charter schools. Tomorrow, PCPCS President Lawrence Jones, Jr. and Rep. Roebuck will appear on the PCN program “Call In” at 7:00 pm to debate Rep. Roebuck’s legislation. Please tune in to watch and also call […] More »

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ALERT: PCPCS Secures PDE Reversal on Redirect Action!

Apr05

On March 14,2013, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued revised invoicing instructions that prohibited charter schools from including enrollment for future months in any request for redirection. More specifically, the instructions stated that “The Department will not process any withholding request that includes payments due to a charter school for future months, and will return […] More »

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Patriot-News: Charter school reform needs to put students, not special interests, first

Apr03

By Jeffrey Piccola Cyber charter schools are meeting unique needs in public education—needs defined by 38,000 parents who view cyber schooling as the best, and sometimes only, alternative for their children. Parents, better than anyone, know when they see failure and know when they see hope. Cyber charter schools provide that hope, save taxpayers money, […] More »

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Times Observer: Bright Future for Charters

Apr01

Public school districts try to provide new opportunities through varied curricular choices and enhanced programs. But a different model exists charter schools. “The future looks bright,” Dr. Doug Allen, chief educational officer of Tidioute Community Charter School said of both TCCS and the charter movement, generally. “TCCS will prosper because it serves a community as […] More »

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