News & Notes:  

POINT OF ORDER: Legislative Democrats list their policy priorities for 2014.

Dec31

POINT OF ORDER: Legislative Democrats list their policy priorities for 2014. By Chris Comisac Deputy Bureau Chief Capitolwire HARRISBURG (Dec. 31) – When you’re a state lawmaker, being pulled in several different directions at once is a daily occurrence and can lead to the most well-intentioned and best-laid plans not coming to fruition. And two big […] More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

POINT OF ORDER: Legislative GOP’s New Year’s policy resolutions.

Dec31

POINT OF ORDER: Legislative GOP’s New Year’s policy resolutions. By Chris Comisac  Deputy Bureau Chief Capitolwire HARRISBURG (Dec. 31) – It’s New Year’s Eve, and plenty of people will be making resolutions they hope to hold to through 2014, and maybe beyond … but it’s not all that easy to keep one’s resolutions. Going into 2014, […] More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

Debating charter school reform in Pennsylvania

Dec23

It’s been 16 years since Pennsylvania passed its charter school law. Today, across the Commonwealth, over 119,000 students are currently attending 174 charters schools. See more at: http://whyy.org/cms/radiotimes/2013/12/23/debating-charter-school-reform-in-pennsylvania/ More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

Dec20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT December 19, 2013 Katherine Bathgate (202) 521-2827 Katherine@publiccharters.org Charter Schools Group Applauds Congressional Action to Stop Discrimination Against Online Charter School Students Interested in Serving in the Armed Forces WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tonight the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools praised the inclusion of a provision in the Fiscal Year 2014 National […] More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

Audit: Johnstown School District can’t account $87 M

Dec20

The Pennsylvania Auditor General’s Office announced Friday the findings from years of audits of a Cambria County school district that couldn’t account for millions of dollars in transportation funding. Read More at: http://www.wjactv.com/news/features/local-headlines/stories/audit-johnstown-school-district-cant-account-87-million-1054.shtml More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

Arise Academy concentrates on foster-care children

Dec19

The 100 students at Arise Academy Charter High School in Philadelphia received vouchers Wednesday for new winter coats and two pairs of sneakers from Villa clothing stores. Read more at: http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20131219_Arise_Academy_concentrates_on_foster-care_children.html More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

Philadelphia’s Education Crisis Worsens

Dec19

More than 80 percent of 4th and 8th grade students in the School District of Philadelphia didn’t reach proficiency in math and reading, according to the Nation’s Report Card. When compared to other large cities, Philadelphia scores well below the average.   Read more at: http://www.commonwealthfoundation.org/my_commonwealth/latestblog_detail.asp?id=FDEGEFFDKDDMVqv4MQwxC&em=qtv1401-JH-znynqB-HI-9116r0-HJ-p1z More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

Partial verdict in charter trial: Two acquitted

Dec19

After five weeks of testimony about phantom board members, fabricated documents, and forged signatures, the federal jury in the Dorothy June Brown charter-school fraud trial acquitted her two codefendants Thursday and indicated it was divided on the charges against Brown. Read more at: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20131220_Partial_verdict_in_Dorothy_JuneBrown_charter-school_fraud_trial.html More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

At this SRC meeting, the students were in charge

Dec18

Nabriah Copeland has a few things she wants the School Reform Commission to know. First, the Dobbins High student said, “We need more activities. Some students live in bad neighborhoods, and they need reasons to come to school. We lost a lot, and that’s why kids are going to charters or leaving school, dropping out.” […] More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

Smucker Bill Protecting School Students Signed Into Law

Dec18

Gov. Tom Corbett on Wednesday signed into law legislation sponsored by state Sen. Lloyd K. Smucker (R-13) that will protect children from inappropriate teacher contact. Read more at: http://www.senatorsmucker.com/2013/12/18/smucker-bill-protecting-school-students-signed-into-law/ More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

Largest Pennsylvania Teacher Union Membership Down 10,000 in Two Years

Dec17

Active membership in the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), the state’s largest teacher union, dropped by 10,000 between September of 2011 and August of this year, according to U.S. Labor Department data.   Continue reading at: http://mediatrackers.org/pennsylvania/2013/12/17/largest-pennsylvania-teacher-union-membership-4419 More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

Drexel Online Offers Tuition Reductions to PA Coalition School Staff!

Dec13

Through a partnership with Drexel University Online, The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools employees and immediate family members are entitled to receive up to a 30% tuition reduction on Drexel’s top-ranking graduate education online degree and certificate programs, and up to a 25% tuition reduction on all other programs.  Your employees and their immediate […] More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

Making the Switch- With Ron Sofo

Dec13

With 18 months under his belt as City Charter High School’s principal and CEO, Ron Sofo reflects on his decision to move away from public school administration to run a thriving charter high school. When Ron Sofo decided that he no longer wanted to be just a “random molecule” in his community’s public school system, […] More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

School Rooftops Become Solar Farms Under Company’s Plan

Dec13

A clear, cold day on a South Kensington rooftop. Some 444 solar panels covered in snow. “Our job today is take the snow off of every—no, I’m just kidding,” Micah Gold-Markel said to the four high school students standing on the football field-sized roof. He’s the founder of the local benefit corporation Solar States; they’re […] More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

North Penn School Board hears charter school proposal

Dec12

For the second time in as many years, Wendy Ormsby and Jennifer Arevalo, co-directors of the Souderton Charter School Collaborative, presented their vision for a North Penn version of their charter school before the North Penn School Board.   Read more at: http://www.thereporteronline.com/social-affairs/20131212/north-penn-school-board-hears-charter-school-proposal More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

Not all charter school groups want to kill pending charter bill: PennLive letters

Dec12

We feel compelled to respond to a few of the inaccuracies and misrepresentations in the commentary from Dr. James Hanak regarding Senate Bill (SB) 1085. (“State Senate should reject misnamed ‘charter school reform,'” Dec. 3).   Continue reading at: http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2013/12/not_all_charter_school_groups_want_to_kill_pending_charter_bill_pennlive_letters.html#incart_flyout_opinion More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

Growing Movement: America’s Largest Charter School Communities

Dec11

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is releasing the eighth edition of A Growing Movement: America’s Largest Charter School Communities, identifying which school districts had the largest percentage of students in charter schools, the largest total number of students attending charters, and the strongest charter enrollment growth during the 2012-2013 school year. Click here […] More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

New assessment shows fuller picture of Pa. schools

Dec11

The release of the remaining new School Performance Profiles completes a picture showing a wide variation in how the state’s public schools and their students are doing. Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2013/12/11/Pennsylvania-updates-PSSA-and-Keystone-scores-for-schools-statewide.html More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

Pennsylvania State Police release comprehensive School Safety Report

Dec10

The Pennsylvania State Police on Tuesday released its comprehensive School Safety Report for public/private schools, which outlines safety guidelines that can assist school districts in creating a culture where schools and children are safe.   Read more at: http://www.ldnews.com/local/ci_24697832/pennsylvania-state-police-release-comprehensive-school-safety-report More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

Cyber Charter opening resource

Dec09

Achievement House Cyber Charter School is opening a second resource center within the Chester Upland School District to accommodate local students enrolled in the cyber program.   Read more at: http://www.delcotimes.com/general-news/20131209/cyber-charter-opening-resource-center More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

Public-school advocates fear pending revision of Pa. charter rules

Dec08

Its sponsors say it is an urgently needed and long-overdue package of reforms for a burgeoning system, but critics contend that Pennsylvania’s hotly debated charter-school bill would speed the decline of some conventional public schools.   Read more at: http://articles.philly.com/2013-12-08/news/44946858_1_charter-schools-charter-school-bill-philadelphia-school-district More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

Letter: Charter schools are boon to school districts

Dec07

Dear Editor: Your recent editorial (“Charter school bill would burden taxpayers,” The Sentinel, Nov. 30) criticizing proposed charter and cyber-charter school reform perpetuates several myths that limit educational innovation and opportunity.   Read more at: http://cumberlink.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-charter-schools-are-boon-to-school-districts/article_cfb20028-5f84-11e3-89f4-0019bb2963f4.html More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

John R. Bouder: Treat cyber schools fairly in Pennsylvania

Dec04

Alyssa Weaver is a poster child for the benefits of choice in public education. A Mifflintown resident, Alyssa was diagnosed with a crippling case of scoliosis at the age of 12. In decades past, this might have brought her education and career aspirations to a screeching halt. But, thanks to the marriage of online education […] More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

Sumpter elected president of Pittsburgh school board

Dec03

On the third ballot, the board of Pittsburgh Public Schools elected Thomas Sumpter, a Schenley Heights resident who has served for eight years, as board president on a 5-3 vote, with one abstention. Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2013/12/02/Sumpter-elected-president-of-Pittsburgh-school-board/stories/201312020155 More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

Brewster eyes education reform

Dec03

An area lawmaker will propose education reforms when the General Assembly returns to Harrisburg Tuesday. Read more: http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/yourmckeesport/yourmckeesportmore/5181664-74/brewster-charter-education#axzz2mQN66LgV More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

GreatPhillySchools Week

Dec02

GreatPhillySchools Week: December 2 – 6, 2013 The week of Dec. 2-6 has been chosen as “GreatPhillySchools Week.” During this week, the Philadelphia School Partnership will be coordinating a number of activities to increase awareness of the free GreatPhillySchools parent-information resource (including new Spanish-language resources), the Dec. 6 high school application deadline for many of […] More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

Pittsburgh-area Title 1 reward schools go right to the head of the class

Dec01

Fifth-grader Armani Bailey of Turtle Creek used to think he wouldn’t be able to do long division. But the teachers at the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School in East Liberty had other ideas. Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2013/12/02/Title-1-reward-schools-go-to-head-of-the-class-Title-1-rewards-schools-go-right-to-the-head-of-the-class/stories/201312020031 More »

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags:
Comments: No comments.

630 Freedom Business Ctr. Drive, 3rd Floor Suite, King of Prussia, PA 19406
Phone: 484-356-0191  /  Fax: 484-356-0190  /  Email: info@PaCharters.org