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PCPCS Applauds York Decision

Dec26

Albert Einstein had said “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you’ve always got.” Unfortunately this quote has been appropriate in the School District of the City of York where the academic performance of the district has languished among the worst in Pennsylvania for years. Today’s decision by President […] More »

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Capitolwire: State takes control of York City School District; district “charterization” plan imminent.

Dec26

YORK (Dec.26) — A court decision announced Friday grants the state permission to seize control of the York City School District and implement a controversial recovery plan adopted by school board officials 18 months ago. York County Judge Stephen Linebaugh approved the Department of Education’s petition to promote the district’s Chief Recovery Officer, Dave Meckley, into […] More »

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Philly Wakisha Charter school shutting for good earlier than planned

Dec22

North Philadelphia’s Wakisha charter school is closing its doors this Friday, only the second charter school in Philadelphia history to do so in the middle of a school year. Wakisha was supposed to close on December 23rd, but last week the school’s administration stopped classes and moved up the last day to December 19th. Read […] More »

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Charter News Weekly

Dec22

NEWS ROUNDUP   FRIDAY New York Times: Cuomo Signals Changes for Education Next Year, Wants to Increase Number of Charter Schools Chalkbeat New York: New York City Says it will Accommodate Space Needs for Success Academy The Columbus Dispatch: Kasich to Revamp Ohio Laws on Charter Schools Also covered by Cincinnati.com Washington Post: Four Charter […] More »

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Hybrid Learning Students Outperforming Traditional Classroom Learners

Dec18

ALLENTOWN, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dellicker Strategies and The Hybrid Learning Institute (HLI) today released a report on the latest Hybrid Learning Program Results. Among districts in the study, 94% of schools using a hybrid learning program reported higher academic performance on standardized tests compared to traditional classrooms in the same school district or statewide benchmarks. “Our Hybrid Learning Institute provides […] More »

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Judge: Decision on York City schools by Dec. 26

Dec18

A York County judge is aiming for a Christmas Eve decision on the fate of the York City School District. President Judge Stephen Linebaugh said at the conclusion of a hearing Tuesday that he will issue a decision no later than Friday, Dec. 26 on the state’s petition to seize control of the district. Read more. More »

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250-plus people named to Gov-elect Tom Wolf’s transition review teams

Dec15

Congratulations to PCPCS Board Member Darlene Callands who has been named to Governor-Elect Wolf’s Transition Education Review Team. Darlene is President/CEO of the African American for Educational Opportunities and has been an active member of PCPCS for several years.   Gov-elect Tom Wolf announced the names of more than 250 people on Monday that will review […] More »

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Two Phila. charter schools in peril

Dec15

As the Philadelphia School Reform Commission considers applications for 40 new charter schools, one existing charter has announced it must close next week and another is living from paycheck to paycheck. Read more. More »

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Charter News Weekly Newsletter

Dec15

  CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY DECEMBER 14, 2014 NEWS ROUNDUP FRIDAY New York Daily News: Charting the Way Forward Letter to the Editor by National Alliance President and CEO Nina Rees The Economist: Revolution and Innovation in Some of America’s Toughest Neighborhoods* Seattle Times: Washington Charter Schools Hit Speed Bumps, Have Miles to Go* FloridaWatchdog.org: Florida […] More »

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Capitolwire: Florida’s school choice programs reach far and wide; more voucher expansion on the horizon.

Dec12

This is the final part of a four-part series of stories comparing how Pennsylvania and Florida fund their public education systems. During a recent hearing of the Basic Education Funding Commission, Florida was held up as a potential template for Pennsylvania to follow as the Keystone State reworks how it pays for public education. When […] More »

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MaST Community Charter School named Apple Distinguished Program

Dec12

MaST Community Charter School is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for 2014–2016 for its one-to-one technology program. The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate Apple’s vision of exemplary learning environments. John Swoyer, CEO of […] More »

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Governor-Elect Wolf Announces Transition Review Heads

Dec11

YORK, PA – Governor-elect Tom Wolf today announced the individuals tasked with reviewing state agencies, commissions, and various issue areas. These individuals will work with the outgoing administration to better understand the issues and challenges that face the executive branch. “It is important that I understand the issues and challenges my administration will face,” said […] More »

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Increased Funding for the CSP

Dec10

We have good news to report:  the Charter Schools Program (CSP) received a $5 million (2%) increase in the FY2015 funding bill, for a total of $253.1 million. To put this in context, only a handful of K-12 competitive grant programs received a funding increase this year – the vast majority of programs were level-funded […] More »

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PCPCS Drives Accreditation

Dec08

$5,000 Offered to PCPCS Schools for Accreditation The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools has received a grant from the Heinz Endowments which is designed to encourage more Pennsylvania charter schools to become involved in the accreditation process. It is the expectation of both PCPCS and the Heinz Endowments that, through the accreditation self and […] More »

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Countdown to National School Choice Week 2015!

Dec05

National School Choice Week is an annual opportunity to promote positive efforts to provide the best education options for all children across the country. It is an excellent time to highlight the successes of public charter schools in Pennsylvania and to inform others about the need for educational choice in our state. National School Choice […] More »

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Capitolwire: More join the fight against state takeover in York City School District

Dec05

Reports from inside Courtroom 8 at the York County Judicial Center Thursday afternoon describe a bevy of lawyers petitioning Judge Stephen Linebaugh to intervene in the state’s attempted takeover of York City School District. So far, three separate motions to intervene have been filed: one by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, another by district unions […] More »

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Philadelphia schools aim to innovate to escape crisis

Dec03

Philadelphia public schools are facing serious funding troubles, as well as overcrowding and other issues. But the city’s competitive Science Leadership Academy, where the curriculum is based on student-driven project learning, is a great success. Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on a superintendent’s effort to use the SLA as a model for reforming […] More »

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MaST Community Charter School Named 21st Century Learning Exemplar School by P21

Dec02

Educators, communities, and students to be featured online in Patterns of Innovation Philadelphia, PA, December 2, 2014 – The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), the leading organization advocating for 21st century learning for every student, has designated MaST Community Charter School as an exemplar school, as part of a program to highlight exemplary 21st century […] More »

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State calls for removal of Chester Upland receiver

Dec02

Pennsylvania’s top education official asked a court Monday to remove Chester Upland School District receiver Joe Watkins, saying he had failed to implement a recovery plan aimed at digging the struggling district out of debt and improving its academic performance. Read more. More »

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Cybercharter schools not making the grade

Dec01

Pennsylvania’s cybercharter schools once again have failed to make the grade. When the state Department of Education recently released its school performance profiles – the system used to rate schools – all 14 cybercharters operating in the Commonwealth fell short of the benchmark. Scored on a scale of 0 to 100, scores 70 or above […] More »

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