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Department of Education Releases School-Level PSSA and Keystone Exams Results

Sep30

Department of Education Releases School-Level PSSA and Keystone Exams Results                                                                                                                                                                                              Harrisburg, PA – State Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera announced today that the Department has posted school-level results of the 2016 administration of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) and the Keystone Exams.   The PSSA is administered in grades 3 through […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Sep26

Not rendering correctly? View this email as a web page here. CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY September 25, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Three groups hope to be first to start Alabama charter schools (The Birmingham News – AL, 9/19/16) The ups and downs of public opinion on school choice (Watchdog.org, 9/19/16) Would Martin […] More »

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Capitolwire: Auditor General reiterates call for charter school law reform.

Sep23

Capitolwire: Auditor General reiterates call for charter school law reform. By Carley Mossbrook  Staff Reporter Capitolwire HARRISBURG (Sept. 22) – Pennsylvania’s top fiscal watchdog released another charter school audit Thursday he says bolsters his claims that the commonwealth’s charter school law is in dire need of reform. In his latest audit, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said […] More »

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PA Heroin Crisis FYI

Sep23

The below letter from the Senate Republican Caucus regards resources that are being made available to help combat the growing Heroin problem in Pennsylvania. Note that there are both a website and Telephone Town Hall meetings to help educate residents on the issue. Please review the attached and participate if you think it would be valuable […] More »

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Alliance of Black Parents, Education and Community Leaders Speak Up to Say: Charter Public Schools Work

Sep23

Alliance of Black Parents, Education and Community Leaders Speak Up to Say: Charter Public Schools Work Community Voices Concerned about NAACP Resolution Against Charter Schools Spur Action, Launch ChartersWork to Promote Equity and Choice for All Students  Campaign Releases Letter from 160+ Black Education Leaders Calling on NAACP to Reconsider; Read Signee Statements of Support for the Letter   […] More »

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Data on Charter School Enrollment

Sep19

Based on October 1, 2015 data from PDE, here are some interesting facts on public school enrollment in Pennsylvania. There are 1,727,352 students in 500 school districts 499 of those districts have at least one student in a charter school 134,925 students are in charter schools (111,675 regular ed and 23,250 special ed) Charter schools […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Sep19

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY September 18, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Increased funding for charter schools, but not doubled (Politifact, 9/13/16) 5 Reasons Why School Choice is Important Right Now (Op-Ed) (Education Next, 9/14/16) NATIONAL NEWS As two all-girls schools open in L.A. this year, a motto emerges: ‘We want you to know your […] More »

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CFEF Weekly Update

Sep19

Fair Funding for PA Update Happening TODAY: School Funding Expert Dr. Rucker Johnson visiting PA School funding expert and economist Dr. Rucker Johnson from the University of California, Berkeley will be in Pennsylvania TODAY and tomorrow to participate in two events: Monday, September 19 – City Hall, Philadelphia (please see below flyer). Tuesday, September 20 […] More »

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Sep19

Charter School Conference On Friday, October 7, PCPCS is sponsoring a one-day statewide conference designed by, and for, charter school leaders in Pennsylvania. Included in the program will be presentations and discussions from charter school experts and some of the best charter schools in the state on: –        Tools for Effective Leadership –        Closing the Achievement Gap –        Legal […] More »

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PCPCS Response: Badams Reacts to Fair Funding Lawsuit

Sep16

It is interesting to note some inconsistencies in the positions advocated by Representative Bizzarro and Senator Wiley in your September 13 report “Badams Reacts to Fair Funding Lawsuit”. The legislators identify the growth and funding of charter schools as fundamental causes for the financial struggles of the Erie School District when, in fact, the growth […] More »

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PCPCS Board and Leaders Council

Sep16

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools has officially announced its new Board of Trustees and Leaders Council. Please see below for a list of members and their positions.   Board of Trustees Officers: President: Dr. Toni Rath, CEO, Collegium Charter School Vice President; Anthony Pirrello, CEO, Montessori Regional Charter School Secretary: Vas Scoumis, CEO, […] More »

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Charter School Conference Information

Sep16

        Charter School Conference On Friday, October 7, PCPCS is sponsoring a one-day statewide conference designed by, and for, charter school leaders in Pennsylvania. Included in the program will be presentations and discussions from charter school experts and some of the best charter schools in the state on: –        Tools for Effective […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Sep12

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY September 11, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Online K-12 School Fights Attempt To Check If Students Really Show Up (Buzzfeed, 9/2/16) Ruling on PA charter school could set a precedent (WITF Radio — PA, 9/2/16) Lift the Cap on Charter Growth (Op-Ed) (U.S. News & World Report, 9/6/16) Charter […] More »

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PCPCS sponsors conference by, and for, charter school leaders

Sep12

The one-day “Making a Difference in Charter Schools” Conference will be held Friday, October 7, 2016 at the Collegium Charter School in Exton. The content has been designed entirely by charter school leaders from throughout the state and provides the unique opportunity to collaborate and learn from each other. For more information go to https://sites.google.com/a/padistance.org/making-a-difference-in-charter-schools/ More »

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PCPCS Response to Scranton Times Tribune Editorial “Charter unit overdue, like reforms”

Sep06

PCPCS Response to Scranton Times Tribune Editorial “Charter unit overdue, like reforms” Dear Times Tribune Editorial Board, The Editorial Board has the right to its perspective, but we believe that it also has the responsibility to its readers to provide editorials that represent a more complete and balanced understanding of the situation and facts of […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Sep06

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY September 4, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS As students return to class, some recommendations to improve cyber-charter schools (Op-Ed) (PennLive, 8/26/16) Study: Cyber charter students don’t keep pace with counterparts in regular classrooms (Tribune Review – PA, 8/27/16) Trump’s ‘Education Week’ Calculation: A New Pivot to Woo Reluctant Republicans […] More »

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