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Chester Upland partnerships with charter schools nixed

Jan09

Chester Upland School District Receiver Joe Watkins said Thursday morning that his pursuit of public-private partnerships with the city’s charter schools has been called off. The development was announced at a follow-up status hearing with district representatives and the Pennsylvania secretary of education before Judge Chad Kenney. The hearing comes one month after Secretary Carolyn […] More »

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Freire Charter School wants to open a tech-focused high school

Oct31

Freire Charter School is trying to open a technology and entrepreneurship-focused high school. It’s the first time in seven years that the School District of Philadelphia is accepting applications for new charter schools and Freire, which runs a middle school and high school in Center City, will be one of those applicants. The deadline for applications is Nov. 15. Read more. More »

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Opinion: Why the runaround on turnarounds?

Feb13

AMID extensive coverage of the very real challenges facing our public schools, we shouldn’t lose sight of what’s actually working. Right now, outstanding educators are working closely with families of all backgrounds to transform Philadelphia’s lowest performing schools into some of the best schools in the city. Yet, not enough people are talking about Renaissance […] More »

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Philadelphia: Pew Poll Shows Growing Charter Support as District Support Sharply Declines

Sep18

PHILADELPHIANS gave the strapped school district the lowest rating in five years while placing blame equally on local and state leaders for the system’s woes, according to a poll released yesterday by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20130918_Residents_give_school_district_bad_grades_in_Pew_poll.html#mXXgJ3BV84z5ApW7.99 More »

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Charters wants accountability, transparency

May29

Op-Ed by Dr. Michael Conti CEO, Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School The Observer-Reporter was neither when it penned its op-ed entitled “Wanting public money, but not the accountability.” The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School has been at the forefront of advocating for increased accountability and transparency among charter and cyber-charter schools for longer than a half-decade. Just […] More »

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Cyber schools hope one day the focus will solely be on learning

May02

For the Cribbs family, school is a top priority in their home. For them, home is where the classroom is. “One of my favorite things about cyber school,” commented Tim Cribbs. “I would say is you can sleep in!” 11-year-old Tim and his nine-year-old brother Trenton are cyber school students, both attending Commonwealth Connections Academy. […] More »

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Cyber student not allowed to attend prom

Apr29

Eleanor Lohry, 18, already has the dress and the shoes, but the West Shore School District is not allowing the cyber student to attend Cedar Cliff High School’s prom. The Lemoyne teenager attended Cedar Cliff High School her Freshman year, but after several medical issues caused her to fall behind in classes, her family decided […] More »

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DEP Awards Spectrum Charter School

Apr23

On Earth Day, Spectrum Charter School was awarded a PA Department of Environmental Protection Education Grant by Governor Corbett.  These funds will be used to teach students about watersheds and related fields in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  We will be purchasing rain barrels, seeds, gardening tools, mini greenhouses, and water conservation books. Also, in […] More »

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PA Virtual Student: Don’t Cut Cyber Charter Funding

Apr22

I’ve been at Pennsylvania Virtual Charter Schools since kindergarten, and now I’m in ninth grade. My school is considered a public cyber charter school, which is different than homeschooling. In this letter, I’m going to state why I love this school, explain the difference between homeschooling and public charter schools, and why public cyber charter […] More »

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Tribune Review: Student Advocates for Cyber Charter Schools at State Hearing

Apr18

Hattie Henderson, a 2012 Achievement House Cyber Charter School graduate, attended a House education hearing to advocate for cyber schools. “I felt like I was able to put a face on what cyber school was like for some students,” said Henderson, who graduated as valedictorian from Achievement House. “Cyber school…made a huge impact on my life […] More »

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Patriot-News: Charter school reform needs to put students, not special interests, first

Apr03

By Jeffrey Piccola Cyber charter schools are meeting unique needs in public education—needs defined by 38,000 parents who view cyber schooling as the best, and sometimes only, alternative for their children. Parents, better than anyone, know when they see failure and know when they see hope. Cyber charter schools provide that hope, save taxpayers money, […] More »

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Times Observer: Bright Future for Charters

Apr01

Public school districts try to provide new opportunities through varied curricular choices and enhanced programs. But a different model exists charter schools. “The future looks bright,” Dr. Doug Allen, chief educational officer of Tidioute Community Charter School said of both TCCS and the charter movement, generally. “TCCS will prosper because it serves a community as […] More »

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PCPCS STATEMENT CONCERNING REP. ROEBUCK’S STUDY ON CHARTER SCHOOLS

Mar19

PCPCS issued the following response to State Rep. James Roebuck’s report on charter and cyber charter schools that was clearly drafted in the interests of  maintaining the status quo and destroying real choice for parents. Representative Roebuck acknowledges that the study focuses on only a very few charter schools and very specific situations. Furthermore, the report […] More »

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Charter Schools Outperforming District Schools in Cities, Statewide

Oct02

After the 2011-2012 results for the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments (PSSA) scores were released, the contrast between traditional district schools and charter schools is striking. A higher percentage of charter schools achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) statewide. In Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, the percentages of charter schools that made AYP were much greater than the traditional district schools in those cities. More »

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Students urge Pennsylvania state lawmakers to pass charter school reform bill

Sep25

Fourth-grader Karson Hair of Mechanicsburg, who came with an army of students from Commonwealth Connections Academy, also was ready with a reason why it was important to keep the charter school movement thriving. "For some kids, the right school is public school and that's right for them but you can't just throw every child into a public school and think they are going to be successful because some kids need better education and cybercharter schools are going to give them that education," Karson said. More »

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PCPCS Responds To Inaccurate Reporting On Charter Schools

Dec08

The December 2 issue of the Morning Call contained an article on a “report” announced to have been released on November 25 in which 26 school superintendents from Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton and Pike counties blasted charter schools. We have read the original document, the press release, and the story and have found there are […] More »

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