Category Archive: News

PCPCS PRESENTS: Profiles in Leadership: Wayne Jones

Don’t miss the latest edition of PCPCS Presents: Profiles in Leadership featuring Wayne Jones, CEO of Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship
Wayne is a member of the PCPCS Advisory Council and was recently named named a New Pittsburgh Courier Men of Excellence Class of 2019 Awardee.

NEWS: Mary Ann Calderone selected as finalist for 2019 Data Quality Network Data Governance Award of Excellence

Congratulations Mary Ann Calderone of PA Distance Learning Charter School for being selected as one of the top three finalists for the 2019 Data Quality Network Data Governance Award of Excellence. We are thrilled to see charter schools recognized in this capacity!

NEWS: Catalyst Academy wins appeal for new charter school in Pittsburgh

The Pennsylvania Charter Appeals Board voted Tuesday to overturn a decision of the Pittsburgh school board and approve a new charter school in the city.
Catalyst Academy, a proposed kindergarten through eighth grade charter school, won its appeal to the state by a 3-2 vote,

NEW RESOURCE FROM PCPCS: PCPCS Quality Standards Workbook!

Across Pennsylvania and our nation, the education community has a difficult time quantifying what makes a high-quality public charter school. When looking only at test scores, some Pennsylvania charter schools (and traditional public schools) fail to achieve what is considered a passing grade on the state’s standardized tests and charter school adversaries use this poor performance on test scores as an opportunity to attack the broader charter sector.

NEWS: Baden Academy students excel in Shakespeare contest

Congratulations to Brynn Burnsworth, Macie Capel, Bailey Edgar and Cherish Erb-White, sixth-graders from Baden Academy. They were the victors in the Lower Division for a scene from “Much Ado About Nothing.

OP-ED: It’s time to stop attacking public cyber-charter school education

Lawmakers need to require school districts that run cyber programs to track academic progress, attendance, special education rate and growth. The few school districts that are reporting their cyber programs separately have poor results that are, for the most part, worse than cyber charter schools.