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Gov. Wolf’s Proposed Budget Impact on Cyber Schools and Students

Mar31

Public cyber school students and parents are very worried about Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed budget. In his election, the governor promised to put more money toward education. Cyber students in Pennsylvania were surprised to learn that part of the way he plans to do that would take a bite out of their funding. Read More. More »

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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Weekly Update

Mar30

NEWS ROUNDUP   NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS South Carolina charter schools make plans to meet student needs in new schools (Moultrie News, 3/23/15) Change in state law sought for Tulsa Public Schools would allow outsourcing of student instruction (Tulsa World, 3/23/15) Ahead of other states, D.C. charters need equal funding (Watchdog.org, 3/24/15) Call For […] More »

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We agree – Pa. needs to make cyber-charter school reform a priority: Robert Fayfich

Mar26

In a recent column for GoErie.com, state Sen. Sean Wiley D-Erie, wrote about how his proposal to create a competitive bidding process for cyber-education in the Commonwealth would help reform the system. While we agree that cyber-charter school reform is long overdue, we believe his column contains inaccuracies and generalizations that provide the foundation for bad policy. Read […] More »

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Professors do not need charter schools, but children and parents do

Mar25

The opinion piece “Terminate charter schools as a failed experiment” by Dr. Joseph Rogan of Misericordia University (March 22, 2015) sets a new standard for using selective and misleading information to reach an unwarranted conclusion. Let me address a few of the most blatant transgressions in fact and logic. Charter schools are “Privately operated …” […] More »

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Job Posting: Collegium Charter School

Mar19

Job Description: Chief Executive Officer Charter School: Collegium Charter School Exton, Pennsylvania   Title: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Immediate Supervisor: Board of Trustees Employee Type: Full Time, 12-month, salary, exempt   Contact Joseph J. O’Brien, Ed.D. Chester County Intermediate Unit 455 Boot Road, Downingtown, PA 19335 (484) 237-5010 CEOsearch@cciu.org Website: http://collegiumcharter.com Intermediate Unit: IU 24 […] More »

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Stanford CREDO Study Finds Urban Charter Schools Provide ‘Significantly Higher Levels of Performance’ than Traditional Schools

Mar18

Performance of students in public charter schools is higher in both reading and math and the differential increases over time. PHILADELPHIA (March 18, 2015) —The findings of a comprehensive, independent study of charter school performance in 41 urban areas released today by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University concludes that, […] More »

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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools March Update

Mar17

THIS MONTH AT THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE MARCH 2015   A NOTE FROM NINA One of the things I like most about my job is the opportunity it offers me to meet with dedicated educators who are investing their lives in finding the next best approach to learning. I recently met one such individual: Brian Greenberg, […] More »

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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Weekly Update

Mar16

NEWS ROUNDUP   Charter schools not on Bright Key ‘radar’* (AL) Dothan Eagle If passed, the charter school law in Alabama would allow up to 10 new charter schools to be established per year and an unlimited number of existing schools to be converted to charter schools. Todd Ziebarth of the National Alliance of Public […] More »

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Letter to Secretary Rivera Regarding Charter Rates

Mar16

For several months PCPCS has been working to get the recalculated 363 numbers based on the AFR released from PDE so that you can have some basis for prudent financial planning for the remainder of this year and into next. Those revised numbers were due to you by the end of January, but the last […] More »

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FYI

Mar16

      This image was developed by a charter school in the northeastern part of the state in anticipation of a visit to the area by Governor Wolf to promote his Budget proposal. The message is appropriate statewide.   “Governor Wolf is back in Luzerne County today peddling his biased message of increased funding […] More »

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Wiley Introduces Senate Bill Aimed at Cyber-Charter Funding

Mar13

HARRISBURG, March 12, 2015 – Sen. Sean D. Wiley (D-Erie) has introduced a bill to address the cost and performance of cyber-charter education in the commonwealth. His Senate Bill 128 would establish the “Competitive Bidding for Cyber Education.” “It is no secret that cyber-charter tuition is an ongoing draw to school district budgets across this commonwealth,” […] More »

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National Charter School Resource Center Releases Report on Charter Schools in District-Owned Facilities  

Mar11

The National Charter School Resource Center (NCSRC) recently released a report analyzing the status of charter schools in district-owned facilities. Accessing affordable facilities has long been identified as one of the most significant challenges facing charters. In response to this challenge, an array of policy and market-based approaches has emerged over the years. The report, Finding Space: Charter Schools in […] More »

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Commonwealth Court Remands Charter School Case to Charter Appeal Board

Mar10

Discovery Charter School in Philadelphia can proceed with its appeal to the Pennsylvania State Charter Appeal Board to seek an increase in student enrollment based on its high academic performance. PHILADELPHIA (March 10, 2015) — Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools is pleased with The Commonwealth Court’s decision today ordering the Pennsylvania State Charter Appeal […] More »

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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Weekly Update

Mar09

NEWS ROUNDUP   NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Taxes, AEA, and charter schools: Mysteries abound around Alabama (Huntsville Times – AL, 3/1/15) Top education expert applauds WV Senate for passing charter school bill (WVVA (NBC-Bluefield) – WV, 3/3/15) WV Senate Passes Charter School Bill (WTAP (NBC-Parkersburg) – WV, 3/4/15) @ISSUE: What are lessons learned from […] More »

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Senate Education Committee will ‘take a hard look’ at House’s charter school reform bill.

Mar06

HARRISBURG (March 4) — House lawmakers wasted no time Wednesday passing a charter school reform bill introduced on the chamber floor no more than two weeks ago. The legislation, House Bill 530, now faces vetting in the Senate, where the appetite for charter school reform appears to be ripe. “There definitely needs to be an update […] More »

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Wolf proposes $1 billion to fix an ‘education deficit’ Republicans don’t believe exists.

Mar06

HARRISBURG (March 3) — Gov. Tom Wolf says lawmakers “can do a lot better” in upholding their constitutional obligation to provide students with a quality public education. In his first budget address delivered on the House floor Tuesday, the newly-elected Democratic governor, surrounded by the largest Republican majority in six decades, blamed historically high teacher […] More »

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School District of Philadelphia short on funding and solutions

Mar06

The School District of Philadelphia shunned the majority of its new charter applications, magnifying the tension between them and the overarching need for greater academic quality into focus. However, the tension is part of a bigger problem that the district must grapple with: boosting academic performance. While the district’s debt has the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s […] More »

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PCPCS Position on Passage of House Education Committee Charter Reform Legislation (HB 530)

Mar04

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools appreciates the time and effort over the last several years trying to enact charter school reform, and thanks Representative Reese for “picking up the mantle” on a difficult issue. We also commend Chairman Saylor for moving decisively and early in his chairmanship to focus on the issue of […] More »

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Video: Plea to Gov. Wolf

Mar04

Too often in Harrisburg we hear from those advocating for a result that benefits adults rather than children. In the wake of Governor Wolf’s Budget address, this is a refreshing departure and well worth four minutes of your time. http://youtu.be/ePiPl5uLiIo More »

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Wolf’s education proposal gets mixed reviews

Mar04

Traditional public school officials applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to pump more than $1 billion more into education and its employee retirement fund but acknowledged the plan will be challenged by the Republican-controlled Legislature. Read more. More »

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Governor Wolf fires first salvo in war on Pennsylvania charter schools in budget address

Mar03

March 3, 2015 Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal is focused on increasing funding to ensure Pennsylvania has SCHOOLS THAT TEACH. The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) supports fair and adequate funding for all students, but we are keenly focused on Pennsylvania having CHILDREN WHO LEARN. The difference is more than nuance and […] More »

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New SRC chair: I don’t expect huge changes

Mar03

After a day a major shake-up on the School Reform Commission, the new chair of the Philadelphia School District’s governing body said she does not foresee big changes to her role or the way the district handles contract negotiations with the teachers union. Read more. More »

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