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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools: Washington Update

Oct31

We are less than a week from Election Day. Political prognosticators are focused on the United States Senate where Republicans need six seats to take the majority. With very close races in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Hampshire, and North Carolina —and the Louisiana race expected to be determined by runoff […] More »

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Freire Charter School wants to open a tech-focused high school

Oct31

Freire Charter School is trying to open a technology and entrepreneurship-focused high school. It’s the first time in seven years that the School District of Philadelphia is accepting applications for new charter schools and Freire, which runs a middle school and high school in Center City, will be one of those applicants. The deadline for applications is Nov. 15. Read more. More »

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Spotlight: Tonia Betancourt on Helping Students Develop Executive Functioning Skills

Oct31

Helping Students Develop Executive Functioning Skills Families often choose charter schools because their child’s personal needs are not being met in a traditional public school where class sizes may be too large or instruction too rigid. Charter schools provide opportunities for students to learn in accommodating and adaptive environments, which play a large role in […] More »

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PhillySchoolChoice.com Launches Radio Campaign

Oct30

PhillySchoolChoice.com has launched a radio ad campaign to tell the other side of the charter school financing story. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) has attacked charter schools and their advocates recently, claiming that charter school funding is draining resources from traditional public school classrooms. Read more. More »

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Civil Rights at School

Oct29

Earlier this month, Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, sent what he described as “guidance” to states and school districts reminding them of their obligation to provide schoolchildren with equal resources regardless of race. Read more. More »

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Charter school, Abington partnership ‘lifts up children’

Oct29

“The bar is pretty high here. We don’t raise average students,” said Debbera Peoples-Lee as she proudly guided a visitor through the West Oak Lane Charter School (WOLCS), where college banners and pennants are strategically placed above doorways and inside classrooms — clearly setting high expectations for her elementary school students every day. Read more. More »

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Judge: no teacher benefits changes for now

Oct28

A judge has made permanent an injunction barring the School Reform Commission from making changes to 11,200 Philadelphia Federation of Teachers’ benefits. The SRC attempted to unilaterally cancel the PFT contract on Oct. 6, a move it said would save millions annually. Read more. More »

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Upcoming Basic Education Funding Commission Meetings

Oct27

Upcoming Basic Education Funding Commission Meetings* Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 10 AM, Harrisburg, NOB, Hearing Room 1 Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 1 PM & Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 10 AM Philadelphia Monday, November 24, 2014 at 10 AM IU#13 Lancaster Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 10 AM East Stroudsburg Wednesday, December 10, […] More »

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2014 Charter School Facility Finance Landscape Report

Oct24

The Local Initiative Support Corporation has just released their “2014 Charter School Facility Finance Landscape” report. The report is an updated mapping of private and public financing programs for charter school facilities across the nation, including updated information on charter school access to the tax-exempt bond market. You can access the report here. More »

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PCPCS Addresses Philadelphia City Controller’s Report on Financial Impact of Charter Schools on School District of Philadelphia

Oct24

October 22, 2014 King of Prussia, Pa.—The Office of the City Controller’s October report on the impact of charter schools on the finances of the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) found nothing altogether new in its research and some of the resulting recommendations are reforms that the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools has long […] More »

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Acerra: Charter Arts holds students to high standards

Oct22

I believe that the best charter schools are those that fill a need not being served by the public school system. They provide instruction in some areas in more depth than the school system is able to provide, or they teach in ways that reach students who learn differently. Read more. More »

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How to pick the best school for your child

Oct22

Parents truly do know best. When it comes to a child’s needs, goals and their learning style – a parent is the one who knows exactly what it takes for their child to be successful. That’s why school choice matters – parents are empowered to choose the best school for their son or daughter. Read […] More »

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PDE Training- Comprehensive Training for Charter School Leaders

Oct20

Comprehensive Planning Professional Education for Charter School Leaders Comprehensive Planning serves as a framework for thoughtful data-driven and research-based district and school planning.  Comprehensive Planning facilitates communication and collaboration, promotes shared practices and resources, and ensures that every stakeholder is working toward common goals.  Members of the PA Planning Team will be offering a full-day, […] More »

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Souderton Charter School Collaborative Teacher Julie Cook Appointed to State Charter School Appeal Board

Oct17

On October 14, 2014, the Pennsylvania Senate confirmed the appointment of Julie Cook to the State Charter School Appeal Board (CAB). Ms. Cook is an award-winning middle level education professional with seventeen years classroom teaching experience in both district and charter public schools. She has been a middle school teacher at Souderton Charter School Collaborative […] More »

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National Alliance Announces Partnership with Startup Incubator 1776

Oct17

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has announced a new partnership with 1776, a global incubator and investment fund dedicated to creating opportunities for promising startups. The partnership will help connect some of the nation’s most innovative thinkers and developers interested in K-12 education with charter school leaders and mentors across the country. “Public […] More »

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Capitolwire: ‘Pass the Trash’ concurrence vote could happen Tuesday.

Oct13

HARRISBURG (Oct.10) — The House could concur on Pass the Trash legislation Tuesday, making Pennsylvania only the third state nationwide to enact laws preventing predatory teachers, coaches and staff from transferring between school districts undetected. Philadelphia Democrat Sen. Anthony Williams amended House Bill 1816 on the chamber floor this week to include language from his Senate Bill 46, […] More »

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PCPCS Executive Director Bob Fayfich Emphasizes Accountability at Launch of Campaign for Fair Education Funding

Oct09

HARRISBURG—The Campaign for Fair Education Funding launched its statewide initiative last week with a news conference in the Capitol Rotunda. The campaign brings together a coalition of advocates from more than 40 organizations to ensure that policymakers enact a fair, sustainable, and predictable method for funding Pennsylvania public schools. Bob Fayfich, executive director of the […] More »

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Governor: Gov. Corbett announces Economic Growth Initiative Grant to Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts

Oct08

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today announced a $1 million Economic Growth Initiative Grant to assist in the expansion of Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts. “Today we make an investment in the creativity of our students,” said Gov. Corbett “We’re helping to ensure that students here in the Lehigh Valley who want […] More »

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: Cyber Charter School Applications; Public Hearings

Oct03

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Cyber Charter School Applications; Public Hearings [44 Pa.B. 6235] [Saturday, October 4, 2014] The Department of Education (Department) has scheduled three dates for public hearings regarding cyber charter school applications that it received on or before October 1, 2014. The hearings will be held on November 3, 2014, November 10, 2014, […] More »

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Capitolwire: Report, teachers’ unions want Legislature to mandate stricter audits of “cash cow” charter school industry.

Oct03

HARRISBURG (Oct.1) — A report released Wednesday insists meager state oversight has allowed charter school officials to defraud taxpayers out of $30 million over the last 17 years. And “that’s just scratching the surface of the problem,” says Ted Kirsch, president of the American Federation of Teachers’ Pennsylvania chapter. “It’s only talking about what’s being reported and […] More »

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