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Christiana Urges Legislature to Increase Transparency in Schools

Sep25

At a press conference held today in Harrisburg, Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) called on members of the General Assembly to act on his legislation, originally introduced in April, to increase transparency and accountability in Pennsylvania public schools.   Continue reading at: http://wallaby.telicon.com/PA/library/2013/2013092547.HTM More »

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Souderton Charter School Collaborative named a 2013 Blue Ribbon School

Sep24

Souderton Charter School Collaborative, a public school established in 2000 as part of the Souderton Area School District, has been named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in recognition of academic excellence. Read more at: http://www.thereporteronline.com/social-affairs/20130925/souderton-charter-school-collaborative-named-a-2013-blue-ribbon-school More »

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Harrisburg appeals board rejects renewal for Lawrenceville’s Career Connections Charter High School

Sep24

The Pennsylvania Charter School Appeal Board this afternoon upheld a Pittsburgh Public Schools decision against renewing the charter of Career Connections Charter High School in Lawrenceville. Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/education/harrisburg-appeals-board-rejects-renewal-for-lawrencevilles-career-connections-charter-high-school-704694/#ixzz2fuYWc9fe More »

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In Phila., Rep. Cantor touts school choice, charters

Sep24

It was AP English, not government, but House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was familiar with the topic of instruction Monday morning in the writing center at Freire Charter School.   Continue reading at: http://articles.philly.com/2013-09-24/news/42361125_1_eric-cantor-school-choice-school-choice#56cjlxwj47OF5VK5.99 More »

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CRSM: School Risk Management Education in Pennsylvania

Sep23

In December, the Certified School Risk Managers Program will be available in the classroom in Pennsylvania! In this day and age with tight budgets, the risk management function is often spread throughout the organization. It has never been more important for everyone to be on the same page. The CSRM designation courses provide a comprehensive […] More »

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PCPCS Responds to SRC Commissioner’s Erroneous Op-Ed

Sep23

Last week an article by Mr. Joseph A. Dworetzky titled, “Analyzing the role of charter school funding in the District’s budget problems” appeared in the Philadelphia Notebook.  The following is a point by point rebuttal of that article: The perceptions of Mr. Dworetzky are frightening in their inaccuracy and terrifying in that their source is […] More »

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Russell Byers Charter School Seeking CEO

Sep23

The Russell Byers Charter (RBSC) is a public elementary school located in Center City, Philadelphia, with over 485 students from 43 neighborhoods.  The school offers 4K (Kindergarten for 4-year-olds) through 6th Grade.  It has a student/teacher ratio of 13:1 and utilizes Expeditionary Learning, an innovative hands-on academic program. Using the ELS model, students are supported […] More »

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PSEA Pours $3.8 Million Into Politics

Sep19

In the last year, the Pennsylvania State Education Association poured $3.8 million of its members’ dues into “political activities and lobbying,” according to its 2013 financial disclosure report. That’s an increase of 46 percent in the last five years.   Read more at: http://www.commonwealthfoundation.org/policyblog/detail/psea-pours-38-million-into-politics More »

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Gillingham Charter School brings fencing to Schuylkill County

Sep19

Gillingham Charter School is bringing fencing to Schuylkill County. The charter school held an assembly Wednesday to gain student interest and two men from the Richmond Fencing Club, Richmond, Va., Tom Lucent and Michah Powell, demonstrated the sport.   Continue reading at: http://republicanherald.com/news/gillingham-charter-school-brings-fencing-to-schuylkill-county-1.1554918 More »

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Charter School opens new STEM Center

Sep18

The Avon Grove Charter School took another step toward sending out graduates who are keenly aware of the physical world. Continue reading at: http://www.dailylocal.com/social-affairs/20130918/charter-school-opens-new-stem-center More »

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Pa. unveils new grading system for schools

Sep18

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Education officials unveiled a new grading system for Pennsylvania’s public schools on Wednesday that they described as a tool for parents, administrators and the public to monitor and improve student achievement.   Continue reading at: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/09/18/638328pgradingtheschools_ap.html More »

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Philadelphia: Pew Poll Shows Growing Charter Support as District Support Sharply Declines

Sep18

PHILADELPHIANS gave the strapped school district the lowest rating in five years while placing blame equally on local and state leaders for the system’s woes, according to a poll released yesterday by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20130918_Residents_give_school_district_bad_grades_in_Pew_poll.html#mXXgJ3BV84z5ApW7.99 More »

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Pennsylvania School Performance Profile Media Kit Webinar

Sep15

Pennsylvania Department of Education Executive Office September 13, 2013 PENN*LINK Message TO:        Superintendents Charter School CEOs Cyber Charter CEOs CTC Directors IU Executive Directors FROM:        Carolyn C. Dumaresq, Ed.D., Acting Secretary of Education SUBJECT:    Pennsylvania School Performance Profile Media Kit Webinar The Pennsylvania Department of Education has produced […] More »

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National School Choice Week 2014

Sep13

Schools can now register to receive their complimentary Event Kits for National School Choice Week 2014 (January 26 to February 1, 2014). The materials are available while supplies last, and NSCW is asking that schools register by October 1.   Visit http://www.schoolchoiceweek.com/schools to register today.   The 50-person Event Kits are available at no cost […] More »

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Contest Alert! How Do You Define Quality?

Sep11

Did you know a Google search for the term quality charter schools yields 17,600,000 results?  We all talk about quality charter schools and the impact they have on our nation’s children, but what does it all mean? How do you define quality charter schools?   The National Association of Charter School Authorizers seeks to define […] More »

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Pa. auditor general urges public sector to avoid swap deals

Sep10

Former Auditor General Jack Wagner reiterated a call to end interest-rate swaps among public entities, such as cities and school districts, calling the deals risky financial instruments that have no place in the municipal sector. Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/state/pa-auditor-general-urges-public-sector-to-avoid-swap-deals-702673/#ixzz2eb9R6vmK More »

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Loud Voice Fighting Tide of New Trend in Education

Sep10

Diane Ravitch made her name in the 1970s as a historian chronicling the role of public schools in American social mobility. In the 1990s, she went to work in the Bush administration’s Education Department, where she pushed for a rejection of 1960s relativism and a return to basics and standards. After leaving government, she called […] More »

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State auditors have warned of accounting problems at Philadelphia School District since 1987

Sep09

State auditors warned of financial accountability problems at the Philadelphia School District in periodic audits since at least 1987, foreshadowing some of the issues that underpin the crisis in the district as it opens its doors to students Monday.   Continue reading at: http://paindependent.com/2013/09/state-auditors-have-warned-of-accounting-problems-at-philadelphia-school-district-since-1987/ More »

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NATIONAL POLLS REVEAL BROAD SUPPORT FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS

Sep09

NATIONAL POLLS REVEAL BROAD SUPPORT FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS Nearly 70 percent of Americans now favor charter schools, up from less than 40 percent in 2002.   HARRISBURG, Pa., September 4, 2013 – Two new PDK/Gallup and Education Next (EdNext) national polls measuring Americans’ attitudes toward charter schools revealed overwhelmingly positive results. According to the 45th annual […] More »

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Advocating cyber school

Sep06

Take your tax dollars away. To the parents whose children are now required to attend another school, enroll your children into Central Pennsylvania Digital Learning Foundation cyber school.   Continue reading at: http://www.altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/574550/Advocating-cyber-school.html?nav=737 More »

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Cyber schools provide valuable asset

Sep06

This letter is in response to the editorial “Cyber schools: Better oversight needed,” on Sept. 2. Pennsylvania may not currently have the checks and balances for charter schools or cyber schools that one would like to see, however, they continue to provide a valuable asset to the educational system.   Continue reading at: http://tribune-democrat.com/editorials/x250207725/Readers-Forum-9-6-Positive-response-to-parklet More »

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Why charter schools need better oversight

Sep05

There are undoubtedly wonderful charter schools in existence, and Americans generally have a favorable opinion of charters, but hardly a week goes by without news of a scandal or a study tarnishing their image. With schools reopening everywhere across the country, the past week or so was no exception in exposing new problems with an idea […] More »

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Indictment should be start of cyber school reform

Sep04

When a federal grand jury issued an indictment last week against the founder of Pennsylvania’s largest publicly funded charter school, it also, in effect, indicted the Pennsylvania Legislature for ignoring charter school funding reform for years.   Continue reading at: http://thedailyreview.com/opinion/indictment-should-be-start-of-cyber-school-reform-1.1546283 More »

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Free student ‘hostages’ and aid our city

Sep04

ARE YOU a bad person if you send your child to a private school? According to Allison Benedikt, a columnist at Slate.com, you most certainly are. She wrote last week that you’re bad because you are ruining the public schools, one of our nation’s most essential institutions, in order to get what’s best for your […] More »

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School Performance Profile (SPP) Notice from Penn*Link

Sep04

Since the SPP is the methodology that will be used to evaluate every public school in Pennsylvania, it is vitally important that to understand the elements and nuances of the SPP and the factors that will contribute to your scores. This training is targeted to charter school CEOs, principals, and curriculum directors so  please encourage […] More »

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Rural school districts grappling with same problems

Sep03

Philadelphia is not alone in struggling to maintain programs, services and positions in the wake of deep cuts in education funding. The financial situation for some rural and small school districts across the state is just as dire, and Mayor Michael Nutter wants to join forces with them in pushing the issue of adequate public […] More »

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