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NAPCS Weekly Update

Aug29

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY August 28, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Unpacking the NAACP Charter Resolution: Part c (Education Week, 8/19/16) John Oliver rips on crooked charter schools in HBO segment (The Times-Picayune – LA, 8/22/16) A Few Thoughts About John Oliver’s Bleak, Unrepresentative Sample of Public Charter Schools (Op-Ed) (The Seventy Four, […] More »

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Capitolwire: Charter officials skeptical of Wolf’s new division of charter schools.

Aug26

By Christen Smith Staff Reporter Capitolwire HARRISBURG (Aug. 24) — Gov. Tom Wolf’s new division of charter schools got off to a bad start Wednesday, just moments after the administration announced the new office within the state Department of Education. “The fact that no charter school has been consulted in the creation of this office is […] More »

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PCPCS Statement – PDE Division of Charter Schools

Aug24

Earlier today the Wolf Administration announced the creation of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Division of Charter Schools. If this initiative is consistent with other actions by the Governor relative to undermining the viability of charter schools, regardless of how effective they are in educating children, then this new Charter Office is something to […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Aug22

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY August 21, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS D.C. charter school board chair: Expanded choice = expanded quality (Watchdog.org, 8/12/16) Study highlights limitations of Ohio’s virtual school (Education Dive, 8/15/16) Differences on balance: National comparisons of charter and traditional public schools (American Enterprise Institute, 8/16/16) How and Why Districts and […] More »

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Fall 2016 Back to School! – Letter from PCPCS

Aug12

  Fall 2016 Back to School!   Dear PCPCS Charter Schools,   It seems hard to believe that summer break is already over and that you are already prepping for 2016-2017 Back to School and students to arrive soon!   In these busy times, the availability of one-stop shopping is convenient. That’s why I want […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Aug08

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY August 7, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Private Schools vs. Public Schools – Experts Weigh In (WalletHub, 8/2/16) From MLK’s “field general” to charter school champion (redefinED – FL, 8/3/16) QA’s man is president of state board of education (My Eastern Shore MD – MD, 8/3/16) Morning Education (Politico, 8/4/16)   NATIONAL NEWS […] More »

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Capitolwire: Auditor General says PDE does nothing about questionable charter school lease reimbursements

Aug04

By Christen Smith Staff Reporter Capitolwire HARRISBURG (Aug.3) — Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Wednesday the state Department of Education wasted $2.5 million reimbursing questionable charter school leases since he took office in 2013. It’s a problem, he says, PDE doesn’t bother to fix, let alone prevent. “There comes a point when you just have to […] More »

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PCPCS Response to “New Math” Article.

Aug01

  The July 22 “New Math for Public Schools” article is interesting as much in what it leaves out of the discussion about public school funding as it includes. The article is actually a very good summary of school district perceptions of charter schools, but the quoted district leaders failed to mention two very important […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Aug01

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY July 31, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Texas charter schools see obstacle to growth (Austin American-Statesman – TX, 7/22/16) Smarick elected state school board president (My Eastern Shore – MD, 7/26/16) Education policy expert tapped as president of state education board (The Washington Post, 7/27/16) Colorado opens door to online education (Watchdog.org, 7/28/16)   […] More »

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NAPCS Washington Update

Aug01

Take Action to Protect Charter School Autonomy! The U.S. Department of Education (ED) released draft regulations that will govern state accountability plans under Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As proposed, the regulations would give state education agencies a much larger role in charter school oversight. It is critical that the voice […] More »

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 City Highwins SHYNE award

Aug01

Also some good news for City High and the Richard King Mellon Foundation!‘s international service learning program to Costa Rica is one of eight honorees for a SHYNE award which will be presented on Saturday, August 6th, 2016 at the August Wilson Center. The second attachment contains the information City High has received about the award […] More »

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GWCS hiring: CEO

Aug01

GWCS is currently hiring for the position of CEO – please see below for full job description and additional information   More »

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Aug01

The Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog recently featured a post titled, “Why charter schools get public education advocates so angry.” Reporter Valerie Strauss briefly introduced the post written by guest blogger Carol Burris, executive director of Network for Public Education. I agree with Valerie Strauss’ opening comment in the new blog entry; there is too […] More »

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