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CFEF Weekly Update

May31

WEEKLY UPDATE: MAY 27, 2016 Pennsylvania’s New Fair Funding Formula The General Assembly has taken an important first step toward fixing Pennsylvania’s school funding crisis: It adopted a permanent funding formula that will truly benefit every student. This balanced formula, recommended by the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission (BEFC), removes politics from state school funding […] More »

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Pa. warns Agora Cyber: Provide accurate data – or else

May23

Updated: MAY 19, 2016 — 1:08 AM EDT by Martha Woodall, Staff Writer The Pennsylvania Department of Education has delivered a stark warning to Agora Cyber Charter School, the state’s second-largest online charter, which has had troubles throughout this academic year. A top department official told the school it must provide accurate data on student testing and […] More »

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SRC gives struggling charter schools a reprieve

May23

SRC gives struggling charter schools a reprieve Updated: MAY 20, 2016 — 1:08 AM EDT by Mensah M. Dean, Staff Writer Two charter school operators that were expected to lose two schools each, due to various academic and governance shortcomings, instead received temporary lifelines at Thursday night’s School Reform Commission meeting. Aspira Inc., the North Philadelphia nonprofit […] More »

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CFEF Weekly Update

May23

Send a Message to Lawmakers Add your voice to the growing number of Pennsylvanians who want lawmakers to fix the state’s broken school funding system, by sending this message to the Governor, your state Senator, and state Representative. Students from across Pennsylvania continue to miss out on the opportunity to receive an education that prepares […] More »

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Agora teachers vote to unionize

May16

Teachers at Agora Cyber Charter School – the second largest cyber in the state – have voted overwhelmingly to become unionized, a new local affiliate of the Pennsylvania State Education Association announced late Tuesday afternoon. The National Labor Relations Board in Philadelphia, which tallied the mail ballots, said that teachers at the cyber based in […] More »

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Commentary: Universal Audienried among the better schools in city

May16

THE CHARTER Schools Office is presenting the academic data of the Universal Audenried Charter High School in a vacuum. The work at comprehensive neighborhood high schools is unique, and Audenried can only truly be rated in comparison with the 20 other district-run neighborhood schools and the two other neighborhood renaissance charters up for renewal. Our […] More »

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Capitolwire: Another ‘apples to oranges’ comparison offers little insight on low charter grad rates.

May16

Capitolwire: Another ‘apples to oranges’ comparison offers little insight on low charter grad rates. By Christen Smith Staff Reporter Capitolwire HARRISBURG (May 11) — A national report released Monday found nearly half of all Pennsylvania charter schools failed to graduate two-thirds of their students in 2014. According to the 2016 Building a Grad Nation report, some 46 percent […] More »

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CFEF Weekly Update

May16

WEEKLY UPDATE: MAY 13, 2016 Keeping up the Momentum Last week, the Campaign rallied in the state Capitol to call for $400 million more in public school funding to be driven through the state’s new fair education funding formula in the 2016-’17 state budget. We are pleased to share with you videos from the rally […] More »

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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Weekly Update

May09

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY MAY 8, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Newsflash: Parents Want School Choice (Video) (The Wall Street Journal, 4/29/16) Survey: Increasing support for public charters, school choice (Watchdog.org, 4/29/16) Should Parents Get To Choose Their Child’s Public School? Survey Says…Yes (Forbes, 4/30/16) The Union War on Charter-School Philanthropists (Op-Ed) (The Wall Street […] More »

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Teacher Appreciation Week

May06

This week, our nation recognizes and honors teachers across the country for their tireless efforts on behalf of our students, everywhere from small towns and suburbs, to rural communities and Tribal lands, to big cities. Teachers have one of the most challenging and fulfilling jobs — literally shaping and changing lives. If you are a […] More »

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Capitolwire: Charter schools look to turn school choice conversation to facilities funding.

May06

Capitolwire: Charter schools look to turn school choice conversation to facilities funding. By Christen Smith Staff Reporter Capitolwire HARRISBURG (May 3) – Charter school leaders from across the state and their legislative supporters on Tuesday attempted to turn the school choice debate toward facilities funding reform. “The construction and maintenance of facilities is an issue that […] More »

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CSP Grants for Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools

May06

  FY 2016 CSP Grants for Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools CALL FOR PEER REVIEWERS     Introduction: The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII), is seeking individuals to serve as peer reviewers for the FY 2016 Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grants for Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

May02

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY MAY 1, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Charter high schools punch above their weight on national rankings (Washington Examiner, 4/25/16) Parent survey: 78 percent want public school choice (Washington Examiner, 4/28/16) Morning Education (Politico, 4/28/16) Charter Schools Stack Up Well (Op-Ed) (U.S. News & World Report, 4/27/16) Favoring Charter Schools Moves from […] More »

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