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Sen.Teplitz Calls for Costing-out Study of ‘Flawed’ Charter School Funding Formula

May29

PRESS RELEASE FROM SENATOR TEPLITZ Teplitz Calls for Costing-out Study of ‘Flawed’ Charter School Funding Formula HARRISBURG, May 29, 2013 — As school districts continue to struggle with tighter budgets, state Sen. Rob Teplitz said a thorough examination of the charter school funding formula is needed to address spending inequities. Teplitz has introduced a resolution directing the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct […] More »

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Commonwealth Connections Academy Wins Second Place at National Real World Design Challenge

May03

  Commonwealth Connections Academy’s state-winning Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) team placed second in the country at the 2013 National RWDC engineering competition on April 20, topping 26 teams from other states and territories. CCA was the sole cyber charter school to qualify and participate in this year’s National Competition, and is also the only […] 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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Philadelphia Charter Schools Offer Opportunity, Hope to the City’s Children

Aug29

During the recent rash of negative publicity about charter schools in Philadelphia, a vital fact has been lost: the fact that most charter schools in Philadelphia are operating at the highest standard of ethical conduct and providing children with a safe learning environment, high quality educational opportunities, and options for a brighter future they would […] More »

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PCPCS Expresses Disappointment on Failure of Senate to Pass Charter School Law

Jul02

West Chester, PA – The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools expresses profound disappointment in the failure of the Senate to act on Senate Bill 1115 which passed the House yesterday with comprehensive charter reform amendments. The encouraging action by the House represented an imperfect, but long overdue update of the charter school law that […] More »

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PA Coalition of Public Charter Schools Receives $1.14 Million Grant from Walton Family Foundation

May15

Funding will help drive quality and accountability in Pennsylvania charter schools The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) announced today that it has received a $1.14 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation. The three-year grant was made with the goal of expanding efforts to drive quality and accountability in Pennsylvania charter schools, and […] More »

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PA Charters’ position on Governor Corbett’s budget.

Apr19

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) understands the tremendous financial challenges that the Commonwealth is confronting and supports the Governor’s effort to rebuild Pennsylvania’s commitment to strong fiscal responsibility and good stewardship of public resources. But, we also believe that the initially recommended cuts to public education in the proposed state budget are […] More »

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Charter School Groups Applaud Reform Legislation.

Apr18

WEST CHESTER, PA (April 18, 2011) — The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) and the PA Families for Cyber Charter Schools applaud state lawmakers who drafted legislation aimed toward reforming charter school law (HB 1348). Representatives Thomas Killion, Tony Payton, and Jim Marshall have taken a bipartisan lead to serve the best interests […] More »

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PA Charters strongly supports the vigorous investigation of misuse of public funds.

Apr15

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools strongly supports the vigorous investigation of any persons or organizations suspected of misuse of public funds. If warranted, prosecution should be aggressive and, if found guilty, those convicted should be penalized to the full extent of the law. Fraud in any public school undermines the integrity and credibility […] More »

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PA Supreme Court orders Department of Education to pay $1.3 million to Walter D. Palmer Charter School

Apr12

PHILADELPHIA – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered the Department of Education to pay the Philadelphia-based Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School $1.3 million the School District of Philadelphia had previously refused to pay the charter school. Last month, the Pennsylvania Department of Education affirmed that the School District of Philadelphia had no authority […] More »

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School District of Philadelphia introduces law to cut funding to Charter Schools

Apr08

The following letter was sent yesterday to the Governor’s office in protest of an over-reaching change to state law to defund Charter Schools by the School District of Philadelphia. Dear Governor Corbett, The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) is calling for a quick and ill-conceived change in state law that would cut charter school funding […] More »

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State Charter Coalition Looks Beyond Headlines for Solutions

Apr06

WEST CHESTER, PA (April 6, 2011) — The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) is reviewing data from charter schools across the state in an effort to determine why some charter schools are excelling and why others are not. Data released from Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) today on performance […] More »

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