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Schwank, Senate Committee to Hear Public Opinion On Cyber Charter Bill

May29

The following is a communication from Senator Schwank’s office concerning tomorrow’s hearing. SB 335 proposes to allow districts to deny funding to any cyber charter school if the district offers a cyber “… program equal in scope and content to an existing publicly chartered cyber school…” This legislation fails to provide any definition as to […] More »

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Charters wants accountability, transparency

May29

Op-Ed by Dr. Michael Conti CEO, Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School The Observer-Reporter was neither when it penned its op-ed entitled “Wanting public money, but not the accountability.” The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School has been at the forefront of advocating for increased accountability and transparency among charter and cyber-charter schools for longer than a half-decade. Just […] More »

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Sen.Teplitz Calls for Costing-out Study of ‘Flawed’ Charter School Funding Formula

May29

PRESS RELEASE FROM SENATOR TEPLITZ Teplitz Calls for Costing-out Study of ‘Flawed’ Charter School Funding Formula HARRISBURG, May 29, 2013 — As school districts continue to struggle with tighter budgets, state Sen. Rob Teplitz said a thorough examination of the charter school funding formula is needed to address spending inequities. Teplitz has introduced a resolution directing the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct […] More »

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POLL SHOWS OVERWHELMING TAXPAYER SUPPORT FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL CHOICE

May28

A new poll shows 62 percent of Pennsylvania’s voters have favorable impressions of the concept of parental choice in public education. Conducted by Susquehanna Polling and Research in Harrisburg, the poll shows 87 percent of the respondents believe parents should have the option to determine the type of public school that would best serve their child’s […] More »

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Charter expansions reasonable

May25

The Notebook reported that 21 Philadelphia charter schools are seeking to add more than 15,000 new students during the next five years. This does not seem unreasonable given the fact that thousands of parents and families are on waiting lists desperately hoping to get their child into a high-quality Philadelphia charter school. This overwhelming demand is a […] More »

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Governor Corbett Announces Changes at Pennsylvania Department of Education

May15

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Governor Tom Corbett today announced that Ronald J. Tomalis will leave his post as Secretary of Education on May 31 to become Special Adviser to the Governor on Higher Education. Tomalis, who has been with the administration since January 2011, will be responsible for overseeing, implementing […] More »

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Phila Tribune: Truebright School fights to keep charter

May10

Truebright Science Academy Charter School. — Photo courtesy Great Philly Schools.org When the leadership of the School District of Philadelphia recently announced the system would not expand charter school options for the ensuing school year, thoughts turned to the existing charter schools that are up for renewal at the end of the year, and to […] More »

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Charter schools offer value, options

May06

Like many parents, I have concerns about my children’s education. This isn’t an indictment of their teachers or school district. However, as an educator, I am astutely aware of the fact that people have different learning styles. What works for one of my students doesn’t always work for another. Public schools have become highly bureaucratized […] More »

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West Shore school officials lift prom ban for cyber school student

May05

  An 18-year-old cyber charter school student barred from attending her senior prom will be allowed to go after all. Eleanor Lohry picked up her tickets to the Cedar Cliff High School prom Friday after school officials called to let her know they’d reversed their original decision to keep her out of the event. West Shore […] More »

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Inquirer: Virtual shout-out for cyber schools

May05

To be honest, the prospect of Internet-based education was not intuitive to me at first, either. And if fate had given me different kids, or no kids, or enough cash to send my kids to private school when the going got tough, I’d probably be part of the shrill chorus decrying the use of public […] More »

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Lancaster Online: Charter schools offer value, options

May05

Public schools have become highly bureaucratized and are not capable of adapting to individual children’s needs. While teachers are knowledgeable about learning, they often find that their hands are tied when it comes to making adaptations for a struggling student. Some children are diagnosed with a learning disability and qualify for “accommodations.” Within the public […] More »

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Commonwealth Connections Academy Wins Second Place at National Real World Design Challenge

May03

  Commonwealth Connections Academy’s state-winning Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) team placed second in the country at the 2013 National RWDC engineering competition on April 20, topping 26 teams from other states and territories. CCA was the sole cyber charter school to qualify and participate in this year’s National Competition, and is also the only […] More »

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OP-ED: District’s oldies are not goodies

May03

The School District of Philadelphia’s school closures, although 10 years too late, are a step in the right direction. The School Reform Commission and Hite seem to be generating responsible change and changing their tune. These movements will help to correct the district’s fiscal position over the next decade. The public will not accept this […] More »

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Cyber schools hope one day the focus will solely be on learning

May02

For the Cribbs family, school is a top priority in their home. For them, home is where the classroom is. “One of my favorite things about cyber school,” commented Tim Cribbs. “I would say is you can sleep in!” 11-year-old Tim and his nine-year-old brother Trenton are cyber school students, both attending Commonwealth Connections Academy. […] More »

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PCPCS Responds to West Shore SD Concerning its Illegal Decision to Ban Cyber Student From the Prom

May02

Throughout last week, PCPCS reported to members a disturbing incident in which the West Shore School District illegally refused to allow a cyber charter school student who resides in the district to attend the prom at Cedar Cliff High School. News of the situation caused quite a backlash as it spread throughout the charter school community and […] More »

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