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The Campaign for Fair Education Funding Proposes Funding System to Ensure Quality Education for All Students

Feb27

HARRISBURG (FEBRUARY 26, 2015) – The Campaign for Fair Education Funding today proposed a student-driven funding formula for basic education that strategically directs resources to students and school districts with the greatest needs and provides the investment necessary to enable every child to succeed academically. The campaign’s proposed formula could boost student outcomes in all […] More »

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Letter to the Editor: Souderton Charter School Collaborative

Feb27

Dear SASD School Board, As a former student of Souderton Area School District (class of 2006), I’d like to share my experience as a child who passed through the doors of EMC, Indian Valley, Indian Crest, and Vantage Academy. My story is why I chose Souderton Charter School Collaborative for my child, and why I […] More »

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Bonds and Blackboards: Investing in Charter Schools Symposium

Feb23

Harvard Club of New York City Tuesday March 10, 2015 program starts at 8:30am – 6:30pm LISC’s education work is focused on the need to create efficient financing sources for charter schools in low-income communities. Charter schools often struggle to cover school facilities costs and therefore must sacrifice competitive teacher salaries, robust extra-curriculars, and much […] More »

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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Weekly Update

Feb23

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY FEBRUARY 22, 2015   NEWS ROUNDUP   NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Report: TN charter schools outperform other states (The Tennessean – TN, 2/13/15) Senate Education Committee approves charter schools bill (Charleston Gazette – WV, 2/17/15)   STATE NEWS Pennsylvania Pressure builds on SRC to approve new charter schools (Philadelphia Inquirer – […] More »

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DN Editorial: Fix the charter situation

Feb23

Even for a school district that has essentially set up permanent residency between a rock and a hard place, last week’s vote by the School Reform Commission to approve five new charter schools was notable. Read more. More »

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MaST Charter Lottery; 7,165 Applicants Vie for 96 Spots

Feb22

February 24 (PHILADELPHIA) – MaST Community Charter School will hold its annual lottery to determine admission to its school on Tuesday, February 24th at 4:30 p.m. 7,165 applications have been submitted to fill 96 open spots. For Kindergarten alone, there are 1,208 applications for 90 available seats. With its state-of-the-art Library and Media Center along with the growing popularity of its […] More »

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PHILADELPHIA FOLK ARTS-CULTURAL TREASURES CHARTER SCHOOL IN NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT

Feb20

Folks Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School (FACTS) in Philadelphia is one of three charter schools in the country to be recognized for its English Second Language curriculum with a multimedia and video case study featured on the National Charter School Resource Center website. About 70 percent of the 480 Grade K-8 students at FACTS are Asian, […] More »

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WayTools to Donate $1M in TextBlades to Schools. Now, iPads Get Keys.

Feb20

iPads are magical learning machines, but kids also need real keys to write proficiently. TextBlade brings state-of-the-art typing to iPad, while preserving all of its simplicity and fun. SANTA MONICA, California – January 28, 2015 – WayTools today announced a $1,000,000 TextBlade grant program for elementary schools in need. 10,000 TextBlades will be provided at […] More »

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National Alliance February Update

Feb19

THIS MONTH AT THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE FEBRUARY 2015   A NOTE FROM NINA Did you know that 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 has grown by more than 70 percent. As we recently reported, more than […] More »

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SRC approves five new charter schools

Feb19

Amid intense pressure from all sides, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted Wednesday night to approve five new charter schools from among the 39 applications at the end of an often tumultuous evening. Read more. More »

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SRC Decision to approve only five new charter schools prioritizes money over quality to the detriment of children

Feb19

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) is outraged, but not surprised, that the Philadelphia School Reform Commission (SRC) has denied most new charter school applications during its February 18, 2015 hearing. It is difficult to conceive that among the 39 charter applicants, many of whom have a proven track record of operating successful […] More »

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Campaign for Fair Education Funding Weekly Update

Feb16

Each Monday, the Campaign for Fair Education Funding will provide updates on campaign activities, news on education funding from around the state, and developments in Harrisburg.  News from Harrisburg As lawmakers gear up for Gov. Wolf’s March 3rd budget address, the debate over funding public education is heating up. The Morning Call (among many, many others) reports […] More »

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Webinar: Overview of Federal Grants for Charter Schools

Feb16

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and Whiteboard Advisors are offering a series of webinars to help charter schools identify federal grant funding and to maximize fiscal flexibility within their existing federal funding programs. The first one-hour webinar, Overview of Federal Grants for Charter Schools, is scheduled for Tuesday, February 24 at 3 p.m. […] More »

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PCPCS URGES SRC TO VOTE ON THE MERITS OF THE 39 CHARTER APPLICATIONS

Feb16

On Wednesday, February 18, 2015, the School Reform Commission (SRC) will consider the applications for 39 charter schools.  The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) is urging the SRC to put the best interests of children first and base its vote on the merits of each application. Many voices in the press and the […] More »

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Charter News Weekly Update

Feb16

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY FEBRUARY 15, 2015   NEWS ROUNDUP   FRIDAY Real Clear Education: Invest in great educators, not dysfunctional schools Houston Chronicle: Charter schools gain seats in Texas* Wyoming Eagle Tribune: Lawmakers should study Wyoming’s charter law* Orange County Register: Renewed hope for charter schools in Orange County Education Week: Oklahoma students, parents rally […] More »

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Summary of the President’s Budget Proposal

Feb05

The President’s budget proposal was released on Monday, and hopefully you saw the great news:  the President’s FY2016 budget proposes $375 million for the Charter Schools Program, an increase of $121.8 million over FY2015 funding levels. Here are the details of the proposal: Approximately $207 million for SEA/non-SEA grants (FY2015 funding: $140 million); Not less […] More »

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Souderton Charter School Collaborative

Feb03

Initially recognized three years ago, SCSC was re-designated as a PA Don Eichhorn Schools: “Schools to Watch” (PA STW) as part of a recognition program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.  In partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education, Duquesne University, Edinboro University, Shippensburg University […] More »

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Campaign for Fair Education Weekly Update

Feb02

News from Harrisburg As Pedro Rivera takes over as Secretary of Education, Lancaster Newspapers looks at the “high hurdles he must clear”, including the need for a new funding formula. “Pennsylvania is one of only a handful of states that do not have a predictable education funding formula based on student enrollment and characteristics, ” the […] More »

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National Alliance Applauds President Obama’s Increased Funding Commitment to Charter Schools

Feb02

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Obama unveiled his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016, which includes $375 million for the Charter Schools Program – a 48 percent increase over the $253.1 million included in the FY2015 Omnibus Appropriations Act. National Alliance President and CEO Nina Rees released the following statement in response to the President’s […] More »

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National School Choice Week Success

Feb02

When National School Choice Week started five years ago, the goal was — as it remains today — to shine a positive spotlight on effective education options for all children. Five years ago, we hoped that this idea — celebrating all types of education environments in a fun, enthusiastic, event-driven way — would catch on.  This year, thanks to […] More »

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