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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Washington Update

Feb29

WASHINGTON UPDATE     President Obama Requests Funding Increase for Charter Schools President Obama’s FY2017 budget includes $350 million for the Charter Schools Program (CSP), a five percent funding increase that builds upon the significant funding increase in the FY2016 spending bill. The National Alliance strongly supports this request and issued a statement thanking the […] More »

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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Weekly Update

Feb29

CHARTER NEWS DAILY February 29, 2016 FROM THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE   Charter Schools Change Lives Charter schools across the country are helping students gain a better education. Will you and your organization help us ‎open the doors to more ‎quality charters? Find out how to show your support here.   National Alliance is Hiring! The […] More »

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Campaign for Fair Education Funding Weekly Update

Feb29

WEEKLY UPDATE: FEBRUARY 26, 2016 A Formula for Fair Funding The way schools are funded in Pennsylvania isn’t working for our students or taxpayers because the state does not consider the real costs necessary for children to meet academic standards. The formula proposed by the Basic Education Funding Commission distributes funding in a manner that […] More »

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Every Student Succeeds Act Hearing

Feb29

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 14, 2016, the Senate and House Education Committees will hold a joint hearing on the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which is the successor to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Law. The hearing will take place in Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, and is expected […] More »

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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Weekly Update

Feb22

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY February 21, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS The Best Of Our Knowledge (Radio Interview) (WAMC Radio, 2/11/16) Indiana National Charter Law Ranking (Video) (Inside Indiana Business – IN, 2/16/16) A new study looks at the charter school movement (Watchdog.org, 2/16/16) NATIONAL NEWS These parents are interviewing teachers for a […] More »

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Campaign for Fair Education Funding Weekly Update

Feb22

WEEKLY UPDATE: FEBRUARY 19, 2016 Why we need Fair Funding Even before the budget impasse began, schools were hurting. Academic and extracurricular opportunities for students have been lost, classroom sizes have ballooned, school libraries have shuttered, and the number of teachers and support staff have been greatly reduced. Consider these facts about education funding in […] More »

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Re: Restoring fairness to charter school funding

Feb22

The Observer-Reporter February 17 editorial “Restoring fairness to charter school funding” is based on false implications and an incomplete and inaccurate understanding of the facts. Here are a few examples. As stated by the U.S. Attorney, Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School is a victim of the alleged improprieties of its former founder, not a defendant as […] More »

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Supreme Court declares Philadelphia actions against charter schools unconstitutional

Feb19

February 17, 2016 Supreme Court declares Philadelphia actions against charter schools unconstitutional In a decision late yesterday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that actions by the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) and the School Reform Commission (SRC) to unilaterally suspend provisions of the Charter School Law were unconstitutional and violated the rights of charter schools. […] More »

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Campaign for Fair Education Funding Weekly Update

Feb15

WEEKLY UPDATE: FEBRUARY 12, 2016 Make Your Voice Heard Pennsylvania students deserve an investment in their education that is sustainable, predictable, and for the long-term.  ASK YOUR LAWMAKERS to ensure that every student has a chance to meet academic standards, no matter where that student lives. 2016-17 State Budget Proposal This week the Governor delivered his […] More »

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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Weekly Update

Feb15

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY February 14, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Amendment on charter schools divides community (The News Virginian – VA, 2/7/16) NATIONAL NEWS Charter schools say L.A. Unified is unfairly scrutinizing their campuses (Los Angeles Times, 2/9/16) The constitutional change that could make Virginia more welcoming to charter schools (Editorial) (The […] More »

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Wolf budget continues unrelenting attack on charter schools and students

Feb10

February 10, 2016 Wolf budget continues unrelenting attack on charter schools and students Yesterday Governor Wolf released his budget proposal for 2016-2017. Included are four proposals to divert a total of $488 million from charter public schools to district public schools. Among the most illogical is to deny all charter schools the ability to retain […] More »

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PCPCS announces series of legal actions to protect children and school choice

Feb08

  The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) and 20 charter schools recently filed legal actions to defend the viability of school choice for children and parents in Pennsylvania. “In addition to struggling to maintain operations during a historic budget impasse over the past seven months, charter schools have the additional burden of having […] More »

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REED: PROSPECT OF TWO BUDGETS WON’T PUT OFF REST OF HOUSE GOP AGENDA

Feb08

  House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) said a two-budget scenario won’t preclude his chamber from working on other important issues while fiscal issues remain unresolved. There’s now less than a week before Gov. Tom Wolf gives his FY 2016-2017 budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly on February 9th and the […] More »

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NAPCS Charter News Daily – February 8, 2016

Feb08

CHARTER NEWS DAILY February 8, 2016 FROM THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE   #TruthAboutCharters Over the past five years, the charter school movement has grown dramatically. Today, nearly 3 million students attend more than 6,800 charter schools in the United States. Despite this growth, parent demand for quality school options is still unmet. Read more here   […] More »

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Campaign for Fair Education Funding Weekly Update

Feb05

WEEKLY UPDATE: FEBRUARY 5, 2016 State Lawmakers Must Make Students a Top Priority in Budget Negotiations In anticipation of the Governor’s second budget address on February 9, the Campaign formally requested that Gov. Tom Wolf and members of the General Assembly resolve their differences and make a significant, long-term and equitable investment in public schools […] More »

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Wolf Administration Announces Partnership with Adapt Pharma to Offer Free Narcan to Schools

Feb05

  Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf announced today that his administration has partnered with Adapt Pharma to increase statewide access to the naloxone drug, which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Adapt will provide a free carton of Narcan Nasal Spray, one brand ofnaloxone, to all Pennsylvania public schools. Governor Wolf joined the Pennsylvania Departments of Health, Education, Drug and Alcohol […] More »

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Capitolwire: Without an agreement on his prior basic education funding wants, Wolf wants $200 million more.

Feb05

  By Chris Comisac  Bureau Chief Capitolwire HARRISBURG (Feb. 2) – Gov. Tom Wolf still doesn’t have the basic education money he wants for the current fiscal year, but he wants to add $200 million to that yet-to-be-approved total. “We have a choice in Pennsylvania, and we must choose a path that funds our schools, eliminates […] More »

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Governor Wolf Signs Bill to Delay the Implementation of the Keystone Exams  

Feb05

  Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 880 into law which delays the graduation requirement associated with the state’s end-of-course tests, known as the Keystone Exams, for two years, until the 2018-19 schoolyear. The Keystone exams are intended to ensure that students are prepared for postsecondary education or the 21stcentury workforce. However, there have […] More »

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Capitolwire: Without an agreement on his prior basic education funding wants, Wolf wants $200 million more.

Feb03

By Chris Comisac  Bureau Chief Capitolwire HARRISBURG (Feb. 2) – Gov. Tom Wolf still doesn’t have the basic education money he wants for the current fiscal year, but he wants to add $200 million to that yet-to-be-approved total. “We have a choice in Pennsylvania, and we must choose a path that funds our schools, eliminates our […] More »

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Campaign for Fair Education Funding Weekly Update

Feb01

WEEKLY UPDATE: JANUARY 29, 2016 Increased spending in the classroom can boost student outcomes Pennsylvania’s broken school funding system is failing students: It does not provide enough resources to educate all students to academic standards It contributes to deficiencies in equal opportunity based on factors like income and race There is a wealth of research […] More »

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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Weekly Update

Feb01

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY JANUARY 31, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Charter Law Rankings: Indiana, Alabama at Top (Op-Ed) (Real Clear Education, 1/25/16) Report ranks Utah charter public school law 20th (The Spectrum – UT, 1/23/16) State, national groups weigh in on South Florida charter school case (redefined – FL, 1/22/16) New Report: […] More »

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