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Pa. budget secretary to Philly schools: Hey, we’ve got money problems, too

May30

By refusing to adopt a budget that would gut schools to the point of “empty shells,” the School Reform Commission clearly intended Thursday evening to send an urgent message to the people in City Hall and Harrisburg who provide its funding.   Read more at: http://thenotebook.org/blog/147311/pa-budget-secretary-philly-schools-hey-weve-got-money-problems-too More »

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SRC refuses to pass budget with ‘unacceptable’ cuts

May30

Taking an unexpected, unprecedented stand, the School Reform Commission refused Thursday night to pass a 2014-15 budget. Its officials said they would deliberately violate the City Charter by not approving a spending plan. Read more at: http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20140530_SRC_refuses_to_pass_budget_with__unacceptable__cuts.html More »

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Pa. bill would end plans for mandatory graduation tests

May29

A bill that would eliminate a key component of the state’s Common Core curriculum – passing proficiency tests to graduate from high school – was introduced Wednesday by Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D., Chester), his third attempt to send the tests to the back of the class.   Read more at: http://articles.philly.com/2014-05-29/news/50185699_1_standardized-tests-keystones-dinniman More »

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Lawmakers say new funds Gov. Corbett wants for schools in doubt

May27

A projected billion-dollar revenue shortfall has some state lawmakers advising schools not to count on millions in extra funding Gov. Tom Corbett proposed in February.   Read more at: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/lawmakers-say-new-funds-gov-corbett-wants-for-schools-in/article_81ffd19e-e5a2-11e3-aebf-0017a43b2370.html More »

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Charter School Study

May27

Sen. Lloyd Smucker   Many of the issues being discussed as part of efforts to reform and update Pennsylvania’s charter school law have proved highly contentious.  Perhaps the most misconceptions and controversy have arisen from a proposal to allow for an authorizer other than the school district. An alternative authorizer may be a college or […] More »

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“Support Fair Funding for Charters” Rally

May27

June 9, Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg On May 6 more than 2,500 supporters of charter schools swarmed the Capitol to advocate for legislation that will threat students in charter public schools exactly the same as those in traditional public schools. That rally was very effective in making legislators aware of the inequities in proposed legislation, but […] More »

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Students win free rides to college

May25

For 18-year-old Reginald Nelson of Nicetown, winning a Gates Millennium Scholarship allowed him to secure his place in Bucknell University’s graduating class of 2018.   Read more at: http://articles.philly.com/2014-05-25/news/50085621_1_gates-millennium-scholarship-struggle-students More »

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School District will try to revoke Palmer’s charter

May25

The School District of Philadelphia has dropped plans to suspend its agreement with a troubled charter school July 1, but will move ahead with a hearing to revoke it.    Read more at: http://articles.philly.com/2014-05-25/news/50072095_1_palmer-leadership-learning-state-charter-school-law-injunction More »

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Philadelphia Charter Schools Fight for Students

May23

In the search for a solution to its nearly $30 million year-end deficit—not to mention a projected $216 million budget gap next year—the School District of Philadelphia is once again putting public charter schools on the chopping block.   Read more at: http://www.commonwealthfoundation.org/my_commonwealth/latestblog_detail.asp?id=FDEHIFHKDDpfZ3dlvGRL&em=qtv1401-JH-znynqB-HI-9116r0-HJ-p1z More »

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Thanking Teachers

May22

Every year, we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week by thanking teachers who – through happy, stressful, exciting, and taxing times – work hard to ensure that our kids receive an education that will set them on the right path. This year, many of you submitted stories about why you teach and the teachers who inspired you […] More »

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For Schools, Long Road to a Level Playing Field

May20

In the American national mythology, there are few more revered ideas than the belief in education’s power to provide every child a shot at success and to overcome entrenched inequality.   Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/21/business/economy/for-schools-long-road-to-a-level-playing-field.html?ref=business&_r=0 More »

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All schools have problems

May19

When my daughter entered kindergarten in a Philadelphia public school, my husband and I knew by the end of the first week that there was trouble with a teacher. Over the next month, it got worse – so much worse that we got ready to pull our kid out of the school.    Read more […] More »

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Don’t blame charters for district woes

May19

After suspending provisions of the Pennsylvania Public School Code last year, the School Reform Commission (SRC) disregarded the laws that govern its charter school oversight and moved to enforce enrollment caps on public charter schools, threatening to revoke charters for noncompliance.   http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20140519_Don_t_blame_charters_for_district_woes.html More »

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Pa. Supreme Court enters dispute over SRC powers

May17

The state Supreme Court has granted a temporary restraining order that bars the Philadelphia School Reform Commission from taking action against a charter school.    Read more at: http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20140517_Pa__Supreme_Court_enters_dispute_over_School_Reform_Commission_s_powers.html More »

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Threatened charter school fights back, hard

May16

A Philadelphia charter school has launched a three-front attack on the School Reform Commission’s efforts to shut it down.   Read more at: http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20140516_A_threatened_charter_school_fights_back.html More »

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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Monthly Update

May15

Dear SLC Leaders: Given the flurry of activities we have been engaged in on Capitol Hill, I wanted to provide you with a detailed account of our federal work. This work is the culmination of years of work by the National Alliance and all of you and it points to the power of charter schools […] More »

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Commonwealth Connections Academy student enlists in military despite adversity

May15

Sometimes virtual charter school students face adversity when trying to enlist in the military – despite the fact that there was success in getting an amendment, per the provisions of Section 532 of H.R. 1540 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which eliminated the “Tier” based system under which students from charter schools […] More »

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Souderton area education leaders react to Pennsylvania auditor general’s proposed charter school reforms

May15

Throughout the past few months, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has held public meetings to discuss the state’s charter school system. Based on the feedback from those meetings, his department recently released a report with recommendations for the charter system, including the need to make charters more transparent, an extension of state oversight and more.   Read […] More »

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State auditor rips charter school oversight

May14

Oversight of charter schools in Pennsylvania is “a mess,” state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has concluded, based on a series of public meetings across the commonwealth.   Read more at: http://articles.philly.com/2014-05-14/news/49823808_1_charter-schools-charter-office-robert-fayfich More »

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Quakertown district is a model for cyber education

May13

The class on dramatic irony promised to be cool. Seniors in Nicole Roeder’s English class at Quakertown Community High School had to watch a set of videos, including the trailers from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and a scene from Othello as interpreted by two different theater troupes.   Read more at: http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20140513_Quakertown_district_is_a_model_for_cyber_education.html More »

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Auditor general: Fix charter school law now

May12

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Monday released a special report calling the state’s lack of charter school oversight an “enormous problem” that requires legislative action to fix.    Read more at: http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-pa-depasquale-charter-school-report-20140512,0,1038267.story More »

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Capitolwire: Auditor General’s report says state funding should repair relations between public and charter schools.

May12

By Christen Smith Staff Reporter Capitolwire HARRISBURG (May 12) — Auditor General Eugene DePasquale knows one way the state can — and should — repair tattered relations between public school districts and the charters they say siphon dollars off their bottom line: restore a $219 million cut from 2011 that reimbursed districts for the students lost […] More »

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Legislation would allow schools to teach students online during weather cancellations

May09

The announcement that school is canceled has long been a favorite part of winter weather for children, setting them free for an afternoon of sledding, shoveling and hot chicken soup. Read more at: http://cumberlink.com/news/local/education/legislation-would-allow-schools-to-teach-students-online-during-weather/article_b4d50104-d7e5-11e3-b8aa-0019bb2963f4.html More »

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Low-income, minority families in Easton have valid case for charter school

May09

Regardless of how student progress is measured, the Easton Area School Board and Superintendent John Reinhart are failing low-income students and students of color. While the district has created a few islands of success for students from higher-income families or students who are white, there are no such educational sanctuaries in the district for low-income students and […] More »

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PA Charter Schools: Opportunities and Questions – EPLC “Focus on Education” TV Program on PCN – May 11 at 3:00 p.m.

May08

The next EPLC “Focus on Education” episode will air this coming Sunday, May 11 at 3:00 p.m. on PCN television.  This May 11 panel will discuss what charter schools are, where they’re located, what parents need to know when considering a charter school, how charter schools are funded, how they are held accountable for student performance, who charter […] More »

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Bethlehem Area Vo-Tech may seek to ban charter students

May07

A voting bloc among the Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School Joint Board of Directors might pull the plug on charter school students enrolling at the school. Read more: http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-bethlehem-vo-tech-charter-students-20140506,0,2990555.story?dssReturn&z=18031 More »

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Moody’s issues warning on School District’s bond rating

May07

At a time when the Philadelphia School District’s financial condition is already dire, Moody’s Investors Service is warning that rising charter costs and uncertain funding could further sink the district’s precarious bond rating.   Read more at: http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20140507_Moody_s_issues_warning_on_Phila__School_District_s_bond_rating.html More »

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To save the Gionnas, first save our schools

May07

Bartram High School is only about 3 miles from West Catholic Preparatory School. For Gionna Hawkins, those 3 miles could represent the journey of a lifetime.   Read more at: http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20140507_To_save_the_Gionnas__first_save_our_schools.html More »

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Khepera Charter teachers’ union approve 3-year contract

May06

Khepera Charter School teachers, who just last month were so frustrated by 18 months of contract talks that they gave negotiators the power to call a strike, ratified a new contract Monday.   Read more at: http://articles.philly.com/2014-05-06/news/49664477_1_khepera-charter-school-mount-airy-charter-new-contract More »

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Capitolwire: Charter schools say special education funding formula will ‘put them out of business.’

May05

By Christen Smith Staff Reporter Capitolwire HARRISBURG (May 2) — Charter schools could now have six years, instead of three, to comply with a new state special education funding formula being proposed by lawmakers, thanks to an amendment passed in the Senate Appropriations Committee last week. But advocates say the tweak does nothing to address the […] More »

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Steel parents favor keeping it a district school

May04

Parents at a city public school that has faced possible conversion to a charter have voted decisively to have their school remain part of the Philadelphia School District. Read more at: http://articles.philly.com/2014-05-04/news/49596583_1_mastery-charter-schools-steel-elementary-charter-office More »

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Nearly 200 turn out for Philly school-management vote

May02

NEARLY 200 parents turned out yesterday at a Nicetown elementary school for a vote that should determine whether it will remain a traditional public school or be run by a charter operator. Read more at: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140502_Nearly_200_turn_out_for_Philly_school-management_vote.html More »

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Pennsylvania Gets an ‘F’ on Charter Funding in National Study

May01

A University of Arkansas charter funding study found that, on average, Pennsylvania charter schools receive significantly less per pupil than district schools The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania received an “F” on a new University of Arkansas nationwide study of public school funding, Charter Funding: Inequity Expands, released yesterday. The study found that, on average nationwide, charter […] More »

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Left-leaning think tank blasts Corbett’s funding for education

May01

Only hours before a Democratic gubernatorial candidates’ forum Wednesday on education, a left-leaning Harrisburg think tank released a report outlining the harm done by the state’s failure to sufficiently fund public schools. Read more at: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20140501_Left-leaning_think_thank_blasts_Gov__Corbetts__funding_for_education.html More »

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