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Campaign for Fair Education Funding Weekly Update

May29

  Weekly Update Philadelphia Daily News columnist John Baer notes: “There are reasons Pennsylvania has the least-equitable school-funding system in America, according to U.S. Education Department findings that show a 33 percent spending disparity between poor and wealthy districts.” Law enforcement adds backing to Governor Wolf’s pre-kindergarten plan in this story by AP reporter Mark […] More »

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VIDEO: Message from a Cyber Parent

May29

Dear Friends, It is worth your time to watch this rational, well-argued, passionate video monologue on proposed budget cuts to cyber charters in Pa. The speaker is Ed Shimp, father of Alan Shimp, a PA Cyber student who will graduate this spring AT THE AGE OF 13 and who will be a student  speaker for […] More »

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Capitolwire: Proposed district for struggling schools gets lukewarm reception.

May27

HARRISBURG (May 26) — A senator’s proposal to create a special district for struggling schools faced some criticism from the state’s more prominent educational organizations earlier this month. Meanwhile, parents and national observers say the idea deserves merit because “lawmakers can’t just sit back and do nothing.” Sen. Lloyd Smucker, R-Lancaster, who authored the Educational […] More »

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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Weekly Update

May26

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY MAY 24, 2015 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS NY charter school CEO Eva Moskowitz fighting Mayor De Blasio over late payments (Watchdog.org – NY, 5/15/15) How D.C. shortchanges public charter school students (Op-Ed) (The Washington Times – DC, 5/17/15) Baton Rouge judge rules use of tax dollars to fund certain […] More »

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PA Virtual Students collect over $1,000 in one week for cancer patients

May26

PA Virtual Charter School students donated $1,080.80 they collected for the Leukemia & Lymphomas Society’s Pennies for Patients Program this week. “Pennies for Patients” encourages students to empty their piggy banks and dig through their sofas to gather change, which will go towards a program to fund cancer research. For PA Virtual, the added challenge […] More »

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PSBA Statement Misrepresents Facts

May23

A May 19 statement on the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) website, is based on misstatements of fact and misleading interpretation of data that need to be corrected. First, PSBA specifically mentions, as fact, an interview that never happened and a direction that was never given. The wording used in the referenced Capitolwire article quotes […] More »

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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools: Upcoming Master Classes

May18

We are excited to announce our next two master classes, hosted in partnership with the National Charter School Resource Center: Charter Schools & Weighted Lotteries and Parent & School Engagement Strategies. Webinar: Charter Schools & Weighted Lotteries Wednesday, June 10 at 2 PM Eastern In Person: Parent & School Engagement Strategies Wednesday, June 24 at […] More »

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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Weekly Update

May18

NEWS ROUNDUP   NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Who Is Helping Walton Family Foundation Replicate NOLA Ed Reform in Other Cities? (Philamplify, 5/8/15) Lifting the state cap on charter schools (Editorial) (AM NY – NY, 5/11/15)   NATIONAL NEWS Obama: National Charter Schools Week Recognizes Role of Schools in Providing Students ‘Best Education Possible’ (iSchoolGuide, […] More »

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PSBA Publicity Stunt

May15

Earlier today, the Pennsylvania School Board Association (PSBA) filed a Right to Know (RTK) request for information from charter schools under the pretense of seeking greater transparency in spending. The odd thing about the request is that PSBA represents the school districts that are the authorizers of every brick and mortar charter school in the […] More »

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Rep. Kathy Rapp: Rapp bill to promote job-ready computer science skills in schools aces House passage.

May14

  HARRISBURG — Legislation sponsored by Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Crawford/Forest) to give school districts and students another viable option to help address shortages in specific employment areas passed the state House on Wednesday. House Bill 833 would allow students who successfully complete a class in computer science or information technology (IT) to satisfy one math or […] More »

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PublicSchoolOptions.org names CCA educator its Teacher of the Year in PA

May14

Media Release                                         Media Contact:  Mike Wilson mrwilson@connectionseducation.com 717-215-9025 Award recognizes excellence in teaching and promoting opportunities for students Harrisburg, PA (May 13, 2015) —  PublicSchoolOptions.org recently named Kurt Amen, a science teacher and STEM Conservatory Manager at Commonwealth Connections Academy (CCA), as its 2015 Teacher of the Year in Pennsylvania. The award goes […] More »

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Campaign for Fair Education Funding Weekly Update

May11

Weekly Update The Delaware County Daily Times  covers the recent community forum held in Springfield featuring regional superintendents discussing education funding challenges. “Current school funding is not related to the number of students, level of poverty or academic demands, such testing and future graduation requirements. The state’s funding level of 36 percent puts it 45th in the […] More »

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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Weekly Update

May11

CHARTER NEWS DAILY MAY 11, 2015 NEWS ROUNDUP   Who Is Helping Walton Family Foundation Replicate NOLA Ed Reform in Other Cities?* Philamplify Last week, the Times-Picayune reported that former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has assumed a new role since leaving office in December: paid strategic adviser to the Walton Family Foundation (WFF). Landrieu […] More »

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National Charter Schools Week

May04

Good morning and welcome to National Charter Schools Week! I’m incredibly excited to join you in celebrating the power of charter schools and raising awareness about the tremendous progress the charter school movement has made in the lives of students across the country. We have a lot to celebrate this week, so we’ve put together […] More »

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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Weekly Update

May04

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY MAY 3, 2015   NEWS ROUNDUP   NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Fallin Approves Statewide Charter Schools Measure (The McCarville Report – OK, 4/26/15)Mary Landrieu’s new gig: Giving advice to charter schools (Op-Ed) (The Acadiana Advocate – LA, 4/28/15) Former Sen. Mary Landrieu is now a ‘strategic adviser’ to Walton Family Foundation […] More »

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April Washington Update

May01

WASHINGTON UPDATE Nina Rees Testifies in the House of Representatives on the Importance of CSP Funds This week, National Alliance President & CEO Nina Rees testified in front of a subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives that will help determine the funding level for the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP). At the hearing, Rees […] More »

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