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Capitolwire: Framework collapse avoided; broad-based tax hikes, property tax relief no longer included.

Nov30

By Chris Comisac and Kevin Zwick Capitolwire HARRISBURG (Nov. 24) – Remember two weeks ago when the budget framework collapsed until it didn’t? Well, it happened again. Late Tuesday afternoon, building off of Gov. Tom Wolf’s comments a day earlier that the framework was “in deep peril,” the rumblings coming out of the Republican House and Senate leadership seemed to indicate […] More »

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How to Start a Charter School Workshop

Nov23

How to Start a Charter School Workshop February 12, 2016 8:30am – 3:30pm PA Rural Electric Association Court Building Conference Center 212 Locust Street Harrisburg, PA 17101 Continental Breakfast and Lunch to be served The day will be devoted to presentations and discussions with experienced and successful charter school operators and consultants on the academic, […] More »

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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Weekly Update

Nov23

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY NOVEMBER 22, 2015 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Hillary Clinton Weathers Criticism for Flip-Flop on Charter Schools (Washington Free Beacon, 11/13/15) Both Sides Of The Education Debate Are United In Scorn For Online Charter Schools (BuzzFeed, 11/13/15) Merrow Ignores Charter School Efforts to Clean House (Op-Ed) (RealClearEducation, 11/17/15) Indianapolis has […] More »

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‘Tentative’ framework emerges in budget negotiations.

Nov16

By Chris Comisac, Kevin Zwick and Christen Smith Capitolwire HARRISBURG (Nov. 9) – Things are still very tentative – and very fragile at the moment – with a lot of details yet to be worked out, but the first signs of what all involved are calling “a broad framework” for a potential 2015-16 state budget […] More »

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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools November Update

Nov16

THIS MONTH AT THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE NOVEMBER 2015 A NOTE FROM NINA We just released our annual report on the communities with the largest share of public school students enrolled in charter public schools. New Orleans once again holds the distinction of having the highest percentage of students in charter schools (93 percent) and Los Angeles […] More »

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National Alliance Releases Statement in Response to Secretary Clinton’s Comments About Charter Schools

Nov16

For Immediate Release November 9, 2015 Riya V. Anandwala 202 521 2833 riya@publiccharters.org National Alliance Releases Statement in Response to Secretary Clinton’s Comments About Charter Schools Washington, D.C. –  Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, released the following statement in response Secretary Hillary Clinton’s comments about charter schools […] More »

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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Weekly Update

Nov16

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY NOVEMBER 15, 2015 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS A Charter School Lesson For Washington (Op-Ed) (Forbes, 11/6/15) Opinion Journal: Education Questions for Candidates (The Wall Street Journal, 11/6/15) Parents battle in court to save charter schools (Washington Examiner, 11/6/15) Charter school enrollment breaking records across the country (Washington Examiner, 11/10/15) […] More »

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Capitolwire: Property tax elimination, back-end referendum continue to be topics of conversation in state Capitol.

Nov16

Driving those discussions is the fact that two out of three school districts raise taxes every year, most within Act 1 index limits. By Christen Smith Staff Reporter Capitolwire HARRISBURG (Nov.16) — The Act 1 index school districts fear losing as part of a five-month overdue budget deal shields taxpayers from footing the bill for ballooning […] More »

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Campaign for Fair Education Funding Weekly Update

Nov16

please see revised version below WEEKLY UPDATE: NOVEMBER 13, 2015 Join us in Opposing the Backend Tax Referendum Proposal Pennsylvania cannot fix its school funding system without the ability to raise local revenue when necessary. That’s why the Campaign sent a letter to lawmakers asking to retain local control of schools and end any discussions of […] More »

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PCPCS files petition to intervene in gaming revenue case

Nov09

November 3, 2015 Late yesterday, the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) filed a Petition to Intervene in the Commonwealth Court case on the issue of redirecting state money from the Gaming Fund to charter schools. When districts refuse to pass thorough state money to the charter schools serving children from the district, the […] More »

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National Alliance for Public Charter School Weekly Update

Nov09

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY NOVEMBER 8, 2015 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Charters grapple with admission policies, question how public they should be (The Washington Post, 10/31/15) Morning Education* (Politico, 11/3/15) The Structure of Success (U.S. News & World Report, 11/2/15) CREDO Report Shows Online Charter Students Behind Peers (Education News, 11/2/15) Online schools […] More »

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PCPCS commends Senator Wagner on an action that should not be necessary

Nov02

October 30, 2015 The effect of the budget impasses in Harrisburg continues to wreak havoc and devastation on the educational system in Pennsylvania. But Senator Scott Wagner (R-York) has made a unique commitment that reinforces his dedication to the education of children. His securing a personal line of credit and providing an interest-free loan to […] More »

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Campaign for Fair Education Funding Weekly Update

Nov02

The Top Priority for Pennsylvanians? Education Funding In a Robert Morris University poll released this week, more than 56% of respondents said education funding is the top priority in the state budget. Other 2015 polls show that overwhelming support across the state for more basic education funding and a new funding formula. See those results […] More »

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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Weekly Update

Nov02

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY NOVEMBER 1, 2015 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Morning Education (Politico, 10/22/15) Stuck on Education 1.0 (U.S. News & World Report, 10/27/15) Charter schools help Hispanic kids assimilate (Washington Examiner, 10/27/15) The Unions’ “Accountability” Libel Against Charter Schools (California Policy Center – CA, 10/27/15) Stanford study shows that online charter school […] More »

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