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Power of Charters

Jan30

As National School Choice Week comes to a close, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the tremendous power that public charter schools have for students and families. Charter schools are the fastest growing form of public school choice in the United States. Over the past five years, student enrollment in charter schools […] More »

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National Alliance Praises Introduction of Bill to Reauthorize the Charter Schools Program

Jan30

Washington, D.C. – The push for high-quality charter school expansion grew stronger as Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) re-introduced the Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Act bill today. The legislation, which will reauthorize the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP), is identical to the CSP provisions in Chairman […] More »

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Education plays part in mayoral race debated

Jan29

Debate over school district funding and charter school expansion has dominated Philadelphia’s public discourse for years, so it is no surprise that the city’s public school system is becoming a decisive issue in the upcoming mayoral election. Read more. More »

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Gillingham Celebrates School Choice

Jan29

Students and faculty at the Gillingham Charter School expressed why school choice and their charter school was important to them Tuesday afternoon at the second annual rally for National School Choice Week at the Pottsville charter school. Read more. More »

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Capitolwire: House Education Committee to focus on accountability, chairman says

Jan29

HARRISBURG (Jan.28) — For House Education Committee Majority Chairman Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York, one word describes his legislative goals in the new session. “I think the key theme for me is accountability,” he said just before calling to order the committee’s first meeting Wednesday. “It’s very important for every form of education. We have to […] More »

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Out of tragedy, a teachable moment

Jan27

The fatal shooting last fall of a 15-year-old girl making her way home from school has grown into a teachable moment. Albert Einstein Medical Center helped pay for a program at the girl’s high school focused on helping resolve conflicts. Read more. More »

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National Report Ranks Pennsylvania’s Charter School Law 25th in the Nation  

Jan27

Growing legislative support for funding and accountability improves laws in certain states Washington D.C. – Pennsylvania’s charter school law ranked 25th in the nation, according to the newly released annual state-by-state ranking charter school laws from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Pennsylvania’s ranking moved down one spot as a result of new data […] More »

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City Charter High Schoon named a 2015 Distinguished Title I School

Jan26

Each year, the Division of Federal Programs honors the top performing Title I schools in Pennsylvania. This year, the Division will be using the approved ESEA Flexibility Waiver designation of Reward: High Achievement and Reward: High Progress. Reward; High Achievement schools are the highest 5% of Title I schools based on aggregate math and reading PSSA […] More »

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Charter News Weekly

Jan26

  CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY JANUARY 25, 2015   NEWS ROUNDUP   FRIDAY Indianapolis Star: Should Indiana provide more money for charter schools?* Atlanta Journal Constitution: To improve education outcomes, advocates urge school choice for all students The Denver Post: Opinion: All Colorado families need greater access to charter schools Philly.com: Turzai expects multiple charter schools […] More »

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MACS Earns Highest Title I Distinction

Jan23

Philadelphia, PA—January 23, 2015—Multicultural Academy Charter School (MACS) is proud to announce that the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has named MACS a “Title I Distinguished School” for the 2013-2014 school year, earning PDE’s highest designation of “Reward-High Achievement.”  PDE reserves this distinction for the highest performing 5% of all Title I schools statewide.  Only […] More »

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National Alliance Joins Others to Celebrate School Choice Week

Jan23

Washington, D.C. – January 25 marks the beginning of School Choice Week —an awareness effort to highlight the need for more high quality school options for all families. Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released the following statement on the weeklong celebration of school choice: “Year after year, […] More »

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Title I Distinguished School

Jan23

Each year, the Division of Federal Programs honors the top performing Title I schools in Pennsylvania. This year, we will be using the approved ESEA Flexibility Waiver designation of Reward: High Achievement and Reward: High Progress. Reward; High Achievement schools are the highest 5% of Title I schools based on aggregate math and reading PSSA […] More »

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School Choice Supporters to Rally in Harrisburg, Vow to Protect Education Options for Families

Jan21

School choice supporters plan to celebrate parental options in education in Harrisburg on Monday, January 26, 2015, to get that message across. The event will feature remarks from former Philadelphia Eagles running back Ricky Waters, who benefited from school choice as a child; Rep. Mike Turzai (R); and Rep. Jake Wheatley (D); along with students, […] More »

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Wolf appoints SDoL superintendent to top education post

Jan21

For the first time in a long while, voters in Pennsylvania have cited education as their top concern. New Gov. Tom Wolf has promised he will make education a main priority—and it’s clear that he’s looking to Lancaster County to help drive changes in the state’s education policy.  Read more. More »

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York Academy Regional Charter School gets IB authorization

Jan20

James Pastore, chief academic officer for York Academy Regional Charter School, has liked to tell people that the school was “living the IB lifestyle” though it was still working on its official recognition from the International Baccalaureate organization. But now it’s official. On Jan. 8, Pastore received word that the school is now authorized as […] More »

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Education Advocates Launch Statewide Call to Action

Jan19

HARRISBURG – (JANUARY 19, 2015) Education Voters PA and the Campaign for Fair Education Funding will kick off the legislative session with a statewide Call to Action urging lawmakers and incoming Governor Tom Wolf to implement a fair and adequate funding formula for every public school in the state. “Our goal is to ensure that […] More »

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Charter News Weekly

Jan19

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY JANUARY 18, 2015   NEWS ROUNDUP   FRIDAY The Economist: Rahm Emanuel’s school reforms are working, keen on charter schools Associated Press: Florida Gov. announces proposed $100 million for Florida charter schools WNET: Success Academy founder Eva Moskowitz on charter schools in NYC Chalkbeat Colorado: Denver Public Schools ‘ahead of the curve’ […] More »

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Duncan lays out priorities for education law: Testing, preschool funding, teacher evals

Jan14

Education Secretary Arne Duncan spelled out his priorities for a new federal education law Monday, calling on Congress to build in funding for preschool, add $1 billion annually in federal aid for schools with the neediest students, and maintain the federal mandate that says states must test students every year in math and reading. Read […] More »

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Report suggests PA charter schools could benefit from statewide authorizer.

Jan14

A December 2014 report released by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NASCA) says Pennsylvania’s charter school policies lack focus and consistency — though still perform better than other states like it. The problem, according to the report? No statewide, universally-mandated policies regarding charter applications, renewal terms and performance frameworks currently exist, which NASCA says undermines […] More »

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Christiana set to unveil SchoolWATCH

Jan14

Nearly two years after he first raised the idea, state Rep. Jim Christiana on Wednesday will unveil the state Department of Education’s new online searchable database to track spending by school districts and charter schools. Read more. More »

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MaST Recognized as Title I Distinguished School

Jan13

MaST has been chosen as a Title I Distinguished School by the PA Department of Education in the High Achievement category for 2014-2015. Title I is a 100% federally funded supplemental educational program that provides financial assistance to local educational agencies to improve learning opportunities. Title I programs are designed to help children meet the […] More »

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Stiffed staffers may sue school district

Jan13

A group of former staffers of the shuttered Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School is “contemplating” a class-action lawsuit against the district, the group’s leader said yesterday. Read more. More »

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Press Release: Title I Distinguished School in Pennsylvania – MaST Community Charter School

Jan12

MaST has been chosen as a Title I Distinguished School by the PA Department of Education in the High Achievement category for 2014-2015. Title I is a 100% federally funded supplemental educational program that provides financial assistance to local educational agencies to improve learning opportunities. Title I programs are designed to help children meet the state content […] More »

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Co-chair Pedro Rivera talks about Wolf’s education transition team

Jan09

Longtime Philadelphia teacher and administrator Pedro Rivera, who is now the Lancaster superintendent, is the co-chair of Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s transition committee for education. Rivera was born and raised in Philadelphia, spent 13 years in the Philadelphia system, and has led Lancaster schools since 2008. He said in a Thursday interview that the committee is […] More »

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Chester Upland partnerships with charter schools nixed

Jan09

Chester Upland School District Receiver Joe Watkins said Thursday morning that his pursuit of public-private partnerships with the city’s charter schools has been called off. The development was announced at a follow-up status hearing with district representatives and the Pennsylvania secretary of education before Judge Chad Kenney. The hearing comes one month after Secretary Carolyn […] More »

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Senator Smucker Moves Up To Chair Education Committee

Jan09

For state Senator Lloyd Smucker, the new legislative session begins with a challenging assignment he was seeking – chairing the Senate Education Committee. “All the discussions in our communities about growing jobs and expanding opportunities and encouraging investment and development ultimately come back to the quality of the workforce, which in turn reflects on how […] More »

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Fund schools to meet standards

Jan08

Regarding The Associated Press news story “Gap between rich, poor schools in Pennsylvania doubled in 4 years” : It is becoming increasingly clear that our commonwealth confronts a significant public policy question that lawmakers and Gov.-elect Wolf must tackle: How should our commonwealth fund public education? This latest analysis, conducted by the AP, is one […] More »

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Status Quo is Not an Answer For York City Schools

Jan05

By: Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover), Rep. Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) and Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) In December 2012, the Secretary of Education declared York City School District in moderate financial distress.  By law, the school board was expected to follow the directives of the Chief Recovery Officer (CRO) along with the creation and implementation of […] More »

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SRC’s Green: Next Philly teachers contract will include longer school day

Jan02

Philadelphia School Reform Commission Chairman Bill Green says the district’s next contract with the teachers union will include a longer school day. “Longer school days and longer school years are some of the things that are going to make improvements in high-poverty urban districts,” said Green in a telephone interview Wednesday. Read more. More »

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Advocates Urging State On Weighted School Funding

Jan02

The flawed formula Pennsylvania uses to fund its school districts forces some of its best and brightest to do more with less. “We have one of the best districts in Pennsylvania, and we traditionally have one of the lowest costs,” John Bell, superintendent of the prudent Delaware Valley School District, said in a public hearing […] More »

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