Category Archive: News

FOR YOUR INFORMATION! Explanation of PDE Rate Calculation

In April 2011, several Philadelphia brick and mortar charter schools filed a Petition for Review in Commonwealth Court challenging the calculation of the rates in the manner inconsistent with the Charter School Law due to precipitous reductions in charter school rates for the School District of Philadelphia for two consecutive years. 

PRESS RELEASE! PDE Notice: Rescission of Guidelines PDE-363

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) recently issued a notice on its rescission of the Guidelines for Form Completion, PDE-363, Funding for Charter Schools (July 2012) as a result of a lawsuit currently pending final resolution in the Commonwealth Court. With the recent action by PDE,

NEWS: Gillingham Charter School faculty members present at the PDE Data Summit

Congratulations to Gillingham Charter School!
Last week, two of their faculty members presented a session at the PDE Data Summit at the Hershey Lodge. The session was titled “Reaching Students Relationally Through A Charlotte Mason Education”. The session included telling their story,


On behalf of PCPCS, Excellent Schools PA and ExcelinEd, we would like to thank everyone who took time to participate on our call with Representative Mike Reese, prime sponsor of HB 97, yesterday to clarify the intent of the language of the bill.  

PA Office of Open Records (“OOR”) to launch Agency Open Records Officer Database

The Office of Open Records (“OOR”) is launching a searchable, online database of Agency Open Records Officer (“AORO”) contact information for every agency in the Commonwealth.  The AORO database will allow the public to contact the correct AORO to request agency records and will ensure that the OOR can contact AOROs in the event an appeal is filed with the OOR. 

NEWS: Executive Education Academy Charter School hosts ALICE Training

Executive Education Academy Charter School hosted ALICE Training on Wednesday and Thursday to bring together charter schools, school districts, law enforcement personnel, business executives and house of worship representatives to make all of our facilities safer. This two day course taught attendees strategies and tactics to survive an active shooter attack.