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Co-chair Pedro Rivera talks about Wolf’s education transition team

Jan09

Longtime Philadelphia teacher and administrator Pedro Rivera, who is now the Lancaster superintendent, is the co-chair of Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s transition committee for education. Rivera was born and raised in Philadelphia, spent 13 years in the Philadelphia system, and has led Lancaster schools since 2008. He said in a Thursday interview that the committee is […] More »

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Senator Smucker Moves Up To Chair Education Committee

Jan09

For state Senator Lloyd Smucker, the new legislative session begins with a challenging assignment he was seeking – chairing the Senate Education Committee. “All the discussions in our communities about growing jobs and expanding opportunities and encouraging investment and development ultimately come back to the quality of the workforce, which in turn reflects on how […] More »

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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools: Washington Update

Oct31

We are less than a week from Election Day. Political prognosticators are focused on the United States Senate where Republicans need six seats to take the majority. With very close races in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Hampshire, and North Carolina —and the Louisiana race expected to be determined by runoff […] 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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PA House Fails Pennsylvania Children

Oct18

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) is incredibly disappointed that the House of Representatives has chosen to bow to special interest groups over the well being of the children of this state. In failing to pass SB 1115, the House rejected three years of work by people who have been sincerely and passionately dedicated to crafting legislation that increases accountability for charter schools and provides better quality educational options for our children. More »

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PCPCS Statement on State Rep. Mike Fleck’s House Bill 2364

Jun04

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools is profoundly disappointed that State Rep. Mike Fleck served as a mouthpiece for special interests seeking to destroy charter schools and eliminate parental choice. Rep. Fleck’s legislation is disingenuous and shows incredible disrespect for the intelligence of legislators and Pennsylvania taxpayers. It talks about reform but protects the […] More »

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PCPCS testifies before Philadelphia City Council

Mar27

On Tuesday March 27th, PCPCS Board President Lawrence Jones testified before the Philadelphia City Council Education Committee on behalf of Charter Schools and the ever expanding role they play in revolutionizing public education in Philadelphia. Specifically Mr. Jones testified about the historical friction between charters and the District that may be addressed through open discussions […] More »

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PCPCS Position on Independent Authorizers

Dec13

After 14 years of operation and experience in Pennsylvania and from educators in 39 other states, we know what makes for high-performing charter schools – dedicated teachers, involved parents, individualized attention, exceptional curriculums, enlightened leadership, and strong authorizers. None of this is surprising, and with the exception of the strong authorizer, every one is identical […] 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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PCPCS applauds Governor Corbett for remembering “It’s All About The Children” with public education reform agenda.

Oct11

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools applauds Governor Tom Corbett for addressing the Commonwealth’s need for public education reform. The Governor has made it clear that providing Pennsylvania K-12 students with public school choice is one of his top priorities. The reforms supported by Governor Corbett, which reflect companion bills in the Pennsylvania Senate […] More »

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Pa. Education Secretary Tomalis: School districts can’t blame Charter Schools

Jun08

“I don’t see how the success of a program like this threatens a traditional K-12 district,” Tomalis said. “What you see in this building is what public education should really be about.” The education secretary was at [the Lincoln Elementary Charter School in York] shoulder-to-shoulder with Sen. Jeffrey Piccola, a Republican representing a portion of […] More »

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