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Pennsylvania Charter Law Ranks 31st in the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ 8th Annual State Charter School Laws Rankings Report

Mar22

The National Alliance of Public Charter Schools released today its state-by-state ranking of charter public schools law.  Pennsylvania ranks 31st in the report.  Across Pennsylvania, too many students still lack access to the educational opportunities they need to succeed in the 21st century.  Sweeping education reform that will encourage competition between schools and give kids […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update – March 19, 2017

Mar19

NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS The Future of Education Reform – Lessons Learned at SXSWedu (Education Week, M3/13/17) Charter schools’ ‘thorny’ problem: Few students go on to earn college degrees (USA Today, 3/14/17) School Choice a Big Winner in President Trump’s Budget (Education Week, 3/16/17) Trump’s Budget Invests In Private Schools, Cuts Programs […] More »

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NAPCS – Charter News Weekly – March 12, 2017

Mar12

 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Nine and Counting: New Legislation Would Expand Virginia’s Charter Schools. Will Gov. McAuliffe Sign? (The Seventy Four, 3/5/17) The Great, Misleading Debate Over the Growth of America’s Charter Schools (Op-Ed) (The Seventy Four, 3/7/17) JCPS board: Mayor Greg Fischer ‘blindsided’ us with charter schools stance (Courier-Journal – KY, […] More »

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NAPCS – CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY March 5, 2017

Mar06

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY March 5, 2017  NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Teach For America! (Bisnow – DC, 2/24/17) Charter school bills: Will Kentucky’s students win? (Op-Ed) (Bowling Green Daily News – KY, 2/25/17) The number of charter schools may be leveling off, but why? (redefinED – FL, 2/25/17) McAuliffe can improve education for […] More »

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PCPCS Announces Ana Meyers as New Executive Director

Feb28

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Ana Meyers to be new PCPCS Executive Director _____ The Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) selected Ana Meyers as its next Executive Director, replacing Bob Fayfich who will be retiring at the end of March. In her new position, Ana will be responsible for […] More »

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Brewster legislation designed to kill school choice for parents

Feb28

For the original legislation proposal, please click here: http://www.senatorbrewster.com/brewster-charter-school-reform-will-create-partnerships-reward-students-and-protect-taxpayers February 28, 2017 Brewster legislation designed to kill school choice for parents  The stated goal of the pending legislation recently announced by Senator Brewster is “… to realign and redefine how local school districts, charter schools, students and taxpayers interact.” But the Senator apparently intends to achieve that goal […] More »

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NAPCS Charter News Weekly – February 26, 2017

Feb26

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY February 26, 2017  NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Lawmakers hear proposed changes to Alabama public charter school law (The Birmingham News – AL, 2/22/17) D.C. Charter Teachers Seek to Unionize (The American Prospect, 2/22/17) Protecting choice and flexibility through ESSA regulations (Op-Ed) (Thomas Fordham Institute, 2/23/17) Study: Virtual schools tend […] More »

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PCPCS Talks Charter Schools on Pennsylvania Newsmakers!

Feb24

Pennsylvania Newsmakers is the state’s premier politics and public policy interview and commentary television show. PCPCS Executive Director, Bob Fayfich appears on this weeks episode which will air on the following networks around the state: WGAL Channel 8 (Harrisburg and Lancaster): Sundays at 11:30 AM WBPH (Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia): Mondays at 8:30 PM WKBS 47 […] More »

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PCPCS Response to “Public schools step up fight to win back charter students”

Feb13

Submitted to Philly.com on February 13, 2017 I read with great interest the February 12 philly.com article “Public schools step up fight to win back charter students”. The district actions described are not only an improvement in education for children in Pennsylvania but also a feather in the cap for charter schools. Finally, some districts […] More »

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PCPCS Responds to PSBA president calling cyber school leaders “monkeys”

Feb13

February 13, 2017 President of PSBA compares cyber school students and leaders to “monkeys” In a tweet this morning https://twitter.com/MarkBMiller1/status/831118872023597058 Mark Miller, President of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association posted a picture of a monkey in front of a computer implying that cyber school students are trained monkeys. When challenged, he denied the implication but […] More »

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NAPCS Charter News Weekly – February 12, 2017

Feb13

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY January 29, 2017 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Ky looks north for charter school inspiration (Courier-Journal – KY, 1/21/17) Texas shines spotlight on school choice (The Cross Timbers Gazette – TX, 1/22/17) Room for choice in schools (Editorial) (The Post & Courier – SC, 1/23/17) Charter schools expected to be […] More »

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PCPCS Statement on FixSpecialEdFunding press conference

Feb06

As is often the case at press conferences, the allegations made at the #FixSpecialEdFunding event oversimplify a complicated situation and may mask the real intention of the sponsors. Two primary contentions and one recommendation are made. The first contention is that current law provides “…financial incentive for charter schools to accept only students with disabilities who require […] More »

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NAPCS Charter News Weekly – February 5, 2017

Feb06

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY February 5, 2017 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Charter School Legislation: What to watch for in 2017 (Education Commission Of The States, 1/27/17) Florida NAACP ponders role of charter schools (Fox 51 — FL, 1/27/17) ‘Decision to choose’ appreciated at local charter school (The Philadelphia Tribune — PA, 1/27/17) Education […] More »

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Open Letter of Support for Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of Education

Feb01

Open Letter of Support for Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of Education  Tallahassee, Fla. – More than 70 leaders and organizations, including the Foundation for Excellence in Education, have joined the following open letter to show their support for Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education. Betsy DeVos is an undisputed champion of families and students. For nearly 30 years […] More »

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NAPCS – Charter News Weekly, January 29, 2017

Jan30

NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Ky looks north for charter school inspiration (Courier-Journal – KY, 1/21/17) Texas shines spotlight on school choice (The Cross Timbers Gazette – TX, 1/22/17) Room for choice in schools (Editorial) (The Post & Courier – SC, 1/23/17) Charter schools expected to be on fast track in Frankfort (WDRB — KY, […] More »

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National School Choice Week is here!

Jan23

National School Choice Week is here!   With 21,392 events across America, National School Choice Week 2017 (January 22-28) starts today and is the largest celebration of educational opportunity in U.S. history. Watch and share our official kickoff video Tweet about #SchoolChoice, and help spread the word by changing your profile picture! Be sure to like […] More »

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PCPCS joins PDE in Charter Lawsuit

Jan23

PCPCS joins PDE in Charter Lawsuit Last week the Commonwealth Court granted the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS), and several charter schools, the right to participate as amicus curie in separate lawsuits brought by the Abington and Cheltenham School Districts against the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Normally, those granted amicus curie are […] More »

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Arts to the Core Schools, Inc. Announcement

Jan20

Arts to the Core Schools, Inc. a non-profit organization has submitted a charter elementary school proposal to serve initially 300 K-4 children. We will use the A+ arts centric curriculum. This creative approach has proven very successful in over 150 schools throughout the United States raising academic scores and improving social skills in even the […] More »

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PDE OUTLINES RECOMMENDED INDICATORS FOR FUTURE READY PA INDEX

Jan20

PDE OUTLINES RECOMMENDED INDICATORS FOR FUTURE READY PA INDEX   The Department of Education (PDE) held a conference call Wednesday to outline their recommended indicators to be used in the proposed Future Ready PA Index. The recommendations stem from efforts by Gov. Tom Wolf to change School Performance Profiles (SPP) to establish a more holistic measure of […] More »

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How to Start a Charter School Workshop Set for March 21

Jan16

The only workshop in the state designed to assist persons interested in starting a charters school in Pennsylvania is scheduled from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Tuesday, March 21 at the PA Rural Electric Cooperative Conference Center in Harrisburg. This one-day, once-a-year event organized by the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools, will bring […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Jan16

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY January 15, 2017 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS As WV public schools struggle, GOP leaders talk up other options (Charleston Gazette-Mail — WV, 1/7/17) Charter schools raise questions for local school officials (The Exponent Telegram — WV, 1/8/17) A Champion for Choice (Op-Ed) (U.S. News & World Report, 1/10/17) Confirmation […] More »

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EdWeek 2016 Top Stories

Jan03

With 2016 coming to a close we have an expanded collection of the most popular Education Week content you and your colleagues enjoyed this year. Take a look! Top 7 Stories and Opinions:     1. The #1 Factor That Determines A Toxic or Thriving School Culture 2. 2016 Education Rankings Put States, Nation to […] More »

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Capitolwire: Legislative Republicans look back on successes of two-year session, look ahead to New Year.

Jan03

Capitolwire: Legislative Republicans look back on successes of two-year session, look ahead to New Year. By Carley Mossbrook Staff Writer Capitolwire HARRISBURG (Dec. 27) – Coming out of a successful election season in Pennsylvania, legislative Republicans are headed into the New Year stronger than ever, and some are ready to shake up state government. But before […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Dec19

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY December 18, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Orange County Board of Education Approves Charter School Under Investigation for Fraud (Los Cerritos News – CA, 12/9/16) New ACRE Video Debunks Charter School Myths In Arkansas (Americans For Prosperity, 12/12/16) Turning Parental Satisfaction Into Advocacy (Op-Ed) (Education Next, 12/13/16) What Do […] More »

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School District of Philadelphia: School District of Philadelphia’s Charter School Office releases new Charter School Profiles.

Dec19

School District of Philadelphia: School District of Philadelphia’s Charter School Office releases new Charter School Profiles. Text of Dec. 16 press release. PHILADELPHIA – The School District of Philadelphia’s Charter Schools Office (CSO) has released the Philadelphia Charter Schools Profiles, which includes a detailed school profile for each charter school in Philadelphia. The profiles were […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Dec05

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY December 4, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Betsy DeVos Named Secretary of Education (U.S. News & World Report, 11/23/16) Betsy DeVos has a loud voice in Louisiana politics (The Times-Picayune, 11/23/16) School Choice Advocate Betsy DeVos Named Ed. Sec.: What Does That Mean? (Education Week, 11/23/16) Donald Trump Picks […] More »

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Re: New study links Pa. charter school growth with loss of district resources, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dec02

If you Google the Economic Policy Institute, which sponsored the study referenced in the December 1 Post-Gazette “New study links Pa. charter school growth with loss of district resources” article, you will find that almost 30% of the Board are union leaders, including those from the two largest teachers unions in the country. Since teachers […] More »

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Charter School Leaders Seminar

Nov28

Charter School Leaders Seminar Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Pennsylvania Rural Electric Cooperative Conference Center 212 Locust Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101 8:15 am – Registration /Continental Breakfast 9:00 am – Welcome Dr. Toni Rath, President, Board of Trustees, PCPCS; CEO Collegium Charter School 9:15 am – Over-the-Horizon View of the 2017 Harrisburg Legislative Session Senator Ryan […] More »

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Grand Opening of New “Makerspace” at MaST II Charter School

Nov21

November 16, 2016                                                                                                                                                  MEDIA CONTACT John F. Swoyer III Chief Executive Officer MaST Community Charter School 267-348-1215   Grand Opening of New “Makerspace” at MaST II Charter School New charter school in NE Philadelphia features unique collaborative spaces, creation lab and more    (PHILADELPHIA) – On Thursday, November 17th at 9 a.m., MaST II […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Nov21

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY November 20, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS An Overlooked Election Surprise: Three New House Democrats Who Back School Choice (The Seventy Four, 11/11/16) School Choice Looks Sunnier Under Trump Presidency and GOP Congress (Opportunity Lives, 11/14/16) Supporters praise Epic, an online charter school, but Anaheim officials want it shut […] More »

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Charter Schools Leaders Seminar

Nov21

          Charter Schools Leaders Seminar December 6, 2016 Pennsylvania Rural Electric Cooperative Conference Center 212 Locust Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101   Registration 8:30 am, adjourn 5:00 pm. There is a parking garage adjacent to the Conference Center. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.   The agenda for this one-day session […] More »

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Charter News Weekly

Nov14

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY November 13, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Charter school report shows national enrollment growth (Watchdog.org, 11/4/16) Education Week report digs deep into cyber charter troubles (Education Dive, 11/4/16) Democrats feud over charter schools in Massachusetts (Politico, 11/7/16) Latino Students, Charter Schools and the Massachusetts Ballot Question (Education Writers Association, […] More »

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Making a Difference in Charter Schools Conference Agenda

Nov14

Making a Difference in Charter Schools Conference November 16, 2016 Manchester Academic Charter School     8:15         Registration Opens: Sponsored by Latsha Davis & McKenna P.C.                                              9:00                       Welcome and Harrisburg Legislative Update – Bob Fayfich, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools […] More »

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Esperanza Statement

Nov11

Statement by Reverend Luis Cortes, founder, President & CEO, Esperanza   One of the most important founding principles of our nation is the idea of the equality, dignity, and inalienable rights of every human being. This principle is so important, in fact, that we refer to it as a self-evident, God-given truth. In practice, we […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Nov07

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY November 6, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS NAACP opposition to charter schools harms black students (Communities Digital News, 10/28/16) Push to expand California charter school enrollments provokes backlash (EdSource, 10/30/16) Rod Paige returns to Jackson State (The Associated Press – MS, 11/1/16) Dr. Rod Paige returns as JSU interim […] More »

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Benninghoff Bill to Combat Truancy and School Dropouts Becomes Law

Nov04

  Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) announced today that his bill to combat truancy and school dropouts has been signed into law by the governor. House Bill 1907, now Act 138, substantially amends the states truancy laws and policies, which had not been fundamentally changed since the early 1990s. “I think we can all agree that just […] More »

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Fayfich to retire from PCPCS

Oct31

Robert Fayfich, Executive Director of PCPCS, has announced his retirement effective in February of 2017. The Board of Trustees has opened the process to applicants interested in being considered for the position. “I turn 70 in February and that seemed like a good time turn the position over to someone else.” Said Fayfich “This is […] More »

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CFEF Weekly Update

Oct31

Fair Funding for PA Update Campaign Refresher The mission of the Campaign for Fair Education Funding is to ensure that Pennsylvania adopts and maintains a fair and adequate public school funding system. Every school must have the resources necessary to enable every child to meet state academic standards, be prepared for college or a career, […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Oct31

Not rendering correctly? View this email as a web page here. CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY October 30, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS NAACP tightens stance on charters (The Philadelphia Tribune — PA, 10/22/16) Regional officials on state school board to study charter schools next month (Bowling Green Daily News – KY, 10/22/16) Education […] More »

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PCPCS schedules third in a series of “Making a Difference” workshops

Oct28

PCPCS schedules third in a series of “Making a Difference” workshops The third of seven regional workshops for charter school leaders throughout the state is scheduled for November 16 at the Manchester Academic Charter School in Pittsburgh. For more information on the agenda and registration click here. The first of these workshops was held on […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Oct24

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY October 23, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS On eve of vote, foes of NAACP charter school moratorium turn up the volume (Watchdog.org, 10/14/16) Charter school backers will weigh in before NAACP board vote (redefinED – FL, 10/14/16) Morning Education (Politico, 10/14/16) NAACP Set To Denounce Charter Schools, Although Blacks […] More »

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PCPCS to Sponsor Series of Workshops throughout the State

Oct17

        PCPCS to Sponsor Series of Workshops throughout the State Earlier this year, PCPCS conducted a survey of member school CEOs asking what topics they would like to see as content for future meetings of charter schools. Last week 70 charter leaders attended the first in a series of meetings to be […] More »

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Senate Democratic Policy Committee tackles role of charter schools in public education

Oct17

The Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing in Pittsburgh Thursday to discuss the role of charter schools in public education across the state. “I hope today’s hearing gives us a better sense of how the charter school system works; how it compliments, or detracts from traditional pubic schools; and ways we can make these […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Oct17

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY October 16, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Chicago Charter School Families Protest Cap As Strike Deadline Looms (The Seventy Four, 10/7/16) Report: Charter schools provide stronger support for Hispanic students (LA School Report – CA, 10/10/16) Innovation, transparency crucial to evolving charter school application process (Watchdog.org, 10/10/16) What to […] More »

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Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools to Host Series of Workshops throughout State

Oct14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lauren Hawk | 610.323.3500 Lauren.Hawk@SylviaMarketing.com   Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools to Host Series of Workshops throughout State KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (October 13, 2016) – The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools will host a series of eight workshops throughout Pennsylvania in the next six months for charter school […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Oct10

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY October 9, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Questions Of Race And Charter Schools Divide Education Reformers (NPR, 9/30/16) African-American Leaders Urge NAACP to Reconsider Anti-Charter School Platform (Bold, 10/2/16) Reports of Note (Tampa Bay Times – FL, 10/1/16) NAACP, BAEO at odds of charter schools (Louisiana Weekly – LA, […] More »

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Response to Dr. Robert Schultz article in Reading Eagle

Oct10

Response to Dr. Robert Schultz article in Reading Eagle The article by Dr. Robert Schultz in the October 5 issue of the Reading Eagle is one of the more informed articles on cyber schools that has been published, but some generalizations and misunderstandings still remain. Cyber charter schools are “tuition free” in the same sense […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Oct03

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY October 2, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Facts and Perspective Behind the NAACP’s Call for a Charter Moratorium (Michigan Association Of Public School Academies – MI, 9/22/16) Black Education Leaders Fight NAACP On Charter Schools (Video) (News Now Forever, 9/22/16) Over 160 Black education leaders call for NAACP to […] More »

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Department of Education Releases School-Level PSSA and Keystone Exams Results

Sep30

Department of Education Releases School-Level PSSA and Keystone Exams Results                                                                                                                                                                                              Harrisburg, PA – State Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera announced today that the Department has posted school-level results of the 2016 administration of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) and the Keystone Exams.   The PSSA is administered in grades 3 through […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Sep26

Not rendering correctly? View this email as a web page here. CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY September 25, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Three groups hope to be first to start Alabama charter schools (The Birmingham News – AL, 9/19/16) The ups and downs of public opinion on school choice (Watchdog.org, 9/19/16) Would Martin […] More »

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Capitolwire: Auditor General reiterates call for charter school law reform.

Sep23

Capitolwire: Auditor General reiterates call for charter school law reform. By Carley Mossbrook  Staff Reporter Capitolwire HARRISBURG (Sept. 22) – Pennsylvania’s top fiscal watchdog released another charter school audit Thursday he says bolsters his claims that the commonwealth’s charter school law is in dire need of reform. In his latest audit, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said […] More »

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PA Heroin Crisis FYI

Sep23

The below letter from the Senate Republican Caucus regards resources that are being made available to help combat the growing Heroin problem in Pennsylvania. Note that there are both a website and Telephone Town Hall meetings to help educate residents on the issue. Please review the attached and participate if you think it would be valuable […] More »

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Alliance of Black Parents, Education and Community Leaders Speak Up to Say: Charter Public Schools Work

Sep23

Alliance of Black Parents, Education and Community Leaders Speak Up to Say: Charter Public Schools Work Community Voices Concerned about NAACP Resolution Against Charter Schools Spur Action, Launch ChartersWork to Promote Equity and Choice for All Students  Campaign Releases Letter from 160+ Black Education Leaders Calling on NAACP to Reconsider; Read Signee Statements of Support for the Letter   […] More »

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Data on Charter School Enrollment

Sep19

Based on October 1, 2015 data from PDE, here are some interesting facts on public school enrollment in Pennsylvania. There are 1,727,352 students in 500 school districts 499 of those districts have at least one student in a charter school 134,925 students are in charter schools (111,675 regular ed and 23,250 special ed) Charter schools […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Sep19

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY September 18, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Increased funding for charter schools, but not doubled (Politifact, 9/13/16) 5 Reasons Why School Choice is Important Right Now (Op-Ed) (Education Next, 9/14/16) NATIONAL NEWS As two all-girls schools open in L.A. this year, a motto emerges: ‘We want you to know your […] More »

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CFEF Weekly Update

Sep19

Fair Funding for PA Update Happening TODAY: School Funding Expert Dr. Rucker Johnson visiting PA School funding expert and economist Dr. Rucker Johnson from the University of California, Berkeley will be in Pennsylvania TODAY and tomorrow to participate in two events: Monday, September 19 – City Hall, Philadelphia (please see below flyer). Tuesday, September 20 […] More »

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Sep19

Charter School Conference On Friday, October 7, PCPCS is sponsoring a one-day statewide conference designed by, and for, charter school leaders in Pennsylvania. Included in the program will be presentations and discussions from charter school experts and some of the best charter schools in the state on: –        Tools for Effective Leadership –        Closing the Achievement Gap –        Legal […] More »

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PCPCS Response: Badams Reacts to Fair Funding Lawsuit

Sep16

It is interesting to note some inconsistencies in the positions advocated by Representative Bizzarro and Senator Wiley in your September 13 report “Badams Reacts to Fair Funding Lawsuit”. The legislators identify the growth and funding of charter schools as fundamental causes for the financial struggles of the Erie School District when, in fact, the growth […] More »

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PCPCS Board and Leaders Council

Sep16

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools has officially announced its new Board of Trustees and Leaders Council. Please see below for a list of members and their positions.   Board of Trustees Officers: President: Dr. Toni Rath, CEO, Collegium Charter School Vice President; Anthony Pirrello, CEO, Montessori Regional Charter School Secretary: Vas Scoumis, CEO, […] More »

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Charter School Conference Information

Sep16

        Charter School Conference On Friday, October 7, PCPCS is sponsoring a one-day statewide conference designed by, and for, charter school leaders in Pennsylvania. Included in the program will be presentations and discussions from charter school experts and some of the best charter schools in the state on: –        Tools for Effective […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Sep12

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY September 11, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Online K-12 School Fights Attempt To Check If Students Really Show Up (Buzzfeed, 9/2/16) Ruling on PA charter school could set a precedent (WITF Radio — PA, 9/2/16) Lift the Cap on Charter Growth (Op-Ed) (U.S. News & World Report, 9/6/16) Charter […] More »

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PCPCS sponsors conference by, and for, charter school leaders

Sep12

The one-day “Making a Difference in Charter Schools” Conference will be held Friday, October 7, 2016 at the Collegium Charter School in Exton. The content has been designed entirely by charter school leaders from throughout the state and provides the unique opportunity to collaborate and learn from each other. For more information go to https://sites.google.com/a/padistance.org/making-a-difference-in-charter-schools/ More »

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PCPCS Response to Scranton Times Tribune Editorial “Charter unit overdue, like reforms”

Sep06

PCPCS Response to Scranton Times Tribune Editorial “Charter unit overdue, like reforms” Dear Times Tribune Editorial Board, The Editorial Board has the right to its perspective, but we believe that it also has the responsibility to its readers to provide editorials that represent a more complete and balanced understanding of the situation and facts of […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Sep06

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY September 4, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS As students return to class, some recommendations to improve cyber-charter schools (Op-Ed) (PennLive, 8/26/16) Study: Cyber charter students don’t keep pace with counterparts in regular classrooms (Tribune Review – PA, 8/27/16) Trump’s ‘Education Week’ Calculation: A New Pivot to Woo Reluctant Republicans […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Aug29

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY August 28, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Unpacking the NAACP Charter Resolution: Part c (Education Week, 8/19/16) John Oliver rips on crooked charter schools in HBO segment (The Times-Picayune – LA, 8/22/16) A Few Thoughts About John Oliver’s Bleak, Unrepresentative Sample of Public Charter Schools (Op-Ed) (The Seventy Four, […] More »

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Capitolwire: Charter officials skeptical of Wolf’s new division of charter schools.

Aug26

By Christen Smith Staff Reporter Capitolwire HARRISBURG (Aug. 24) — Gov. Tom Wolf’s new division of charter schools got off to a bad start Wednesday, just moments after the administration announced the new office within the state Department of Education. “The fact that no charter school has been consulted in the creation of this office is […] More »

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PCPCS Statement – PDE Division of Charter Schools

Aug24

Earlier today the Wolf Administration announced the creation of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Division of Charter Schools. If this initiative is consistent with other actions by the Governor relative to undermining the viability of charter schools, regardless of how effective they are in educating children, then this new Charter Office is something to […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Aug22

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY August 21, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS D.C. charter school board chair: Expanded choice = expanded quality (Watchdog.org, 8/12/16) Study highlights limitations of Ohio’s virtual school (Education Dive, 8/15/16) Differences on balance: National comparisons of charter and traditional public schools (American Enterprise Institute, 8/16/16) How and Why Districts and […] More »

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Fall 2016 Back to School! – Letter from PCPCS

Aug12

  Fall 2016 Back to School!   Dear PCPCS Charter Schools,   It seems hard to believe that summer break is already over and that you are already prepping for 2016-2017 Back to School and students to arrive soon!   In these busy times, the availability of one-stop shopping is convenient. That’s why I want […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Aug08

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY August 7, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Private Schools vs. Public Schools – Experts Weigh In (WalletHub, 8/2/16) From MLK’s “field general” to charter school champion (redefinED – FL, 8/3/16) QA’s man is president of state board of education (My Eastern Shore MD – MD, 8/3/16) Morning Education (Politico, 8/4/16)   NATIONAL NEWS […] More »

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Capitolwire: Auditor General says PDE does nothing about questionable charter school lease reimbursements

Aug04

By Christen Smith Staff Reporter Capitolwire HARRISBURG (Aug.3) — Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Wednesday the state Department of Education wasted $2.5 million reimbursing questionable charter school leases since he took office in 2013. It’s a problem, he says, PDE doesn’t bother to fix, let alone prevent. “There comes a point when you just have to […] More »

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PCPCS Response to “New Math” Article.

Aug01

  The July 22 “New Math for Public Schools” article is interesting as much in what it leaves out of the discussion about public school funding as it includes. The article is actually a very good summary of school district perceptions of charter schools, but the quoted district leaders failed to mention two very important […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Aug01

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY July 31, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Texas charter schools see obstacle to growth (Austin American-Statesman – TX, 7/22/16) Smarick elected state school board president (My Eastern Shore – MD, 7/26/16) Education policy expert tapped as president of state education board (The Washington Post, 7/27/16) Colorado opens door to online education (Watchdog.org, 7/28/16)   […] More »

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NAPCS Washington Update

Aug01

Take Action to Protect Charter School Autonomy! The U.S. Department of Education (ED) released draft regulations that will govern state accountability plans under Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As proposed, the regulations would give state education agencies a much larger role in charter school oversight. It is critical that the voice […] More »

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 City Highwins SHYNE award

Aug01

Also some good news for City High and the Richard King Mellon Foundation!‘s international service learning program to Costa Rica is one of eight honorees for a SHYNE award which will be presented on Saturday, August 6th, 2016 at the August Wilson Center. The second attachment contains the information City High has received about the award […] More »

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GWCS hiring: CEO

Aug01

GWCS is currently hiring for the position of CEO – please see below for full job description and additional information   More »

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Aug01

The Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog recently featured a post titled, “Why charter schools get public education advocates so angry.” Reporter Valerie Strauss briefly introduced the post written by guest blogger Carol Burris, executive director of Network for Public Education. I agree with Valerie Strauss’ opening comment in the new blog entry; there is too […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Jul25

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY July 24, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Charter school group speaks out against Democratic platform (Watchdog.org, 7/15/16) State lawmakers suspend charter school law reform (The Philadelphia Tribune – PA, 7/16/16) NH pays its main e-school for what kids learn, not just enrolling or logging in (The Plain Dealer – OH, 7/17/16) Republicans […] More »

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PA Virtual Charter School Announces new CEO

Jul22

PA Virtual Charter School Announces new CEO   Dr. John Chandler, a veteran of cyber charter education has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of PA Virtual Charter School   King of Prussia, Pa. (July 18, 2016) — PA Virtual Charter School has announced that effective July 1, the school is now under the management and […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Jul18

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY July 17, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Split of Detroit District Is Latest Bid to Shore Up Troubled System (Education Week, 7/8/16) ECOT online charter school loses bid to block attendance and funding audit (The Plain Dealer – OH, 7/11/16) Morning Education (Politico, 7/11/16) Heritage Foundation Releases 2016 Index of Culture […] More »

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NAPCS July Update

Jul15

THIS MONTH AT THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE JULY 2016   A NOTE FROM NINA We had a great time at the 2016 National Charter Schools Conference in Nashville. More than 4,000 charter school supporters from across America gathered to celebrate the movement’s 25th anniversary. We highlighted our progress and discussed where we need to go from here […] More »

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PlanCon advisory committee looks at flexible approach to school construction projects

Jul15

The Public School Building Construction & Reconstruction Advisory Committee met early Tuesday to hear an overview of the PlanCon process and discuss possible changes to the system. The advisory committee was formed under Act 25 of 2016, which was the Fiscal Code bill accompanying the FY 2015-2016 budget bill that became law without the governor’s […] More »

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PCPCS public statement on HB 530

Jul15

For almost six years the charter school community has been working in good faith to create legislation that would address the ethical and accountability issues concerns of opponents, resolve the debate over the costs of charter schools, update the nearly 20 year old charter law to include operational efficiencies of charter schools, and attempt to […] More »

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House Bill 530 Response

Jul11

The July 6, 2016 editorial “Proposed charter reform – cloudy with a chance of crisis” addresses a serious concern and is fairly well balanced but is based on misunderstandings of the proposed state legislation upon which it is offering an opinion. At issue is House Bill 530 which is currently under consideration and the latest […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Jul11

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY July 10, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS The charter school movement turns 25 (Op-Ed) (The Detroit News – MI, 7/5/16) Clinton to NEA: ‘I’m with you’ (Watchdog.org, 7/6/16)   NATIONAL NEWS Teachers union cheers Clinton for stance on standardized testing and pay, but boos her embrace of charters (The […] More »

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HB530 Letter

Jul01

  There are many elements in HB 530 that the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools has supported for years and, overall, this is good and long-needed legislation. We commend Representative Reese, Chairman Saylor and their Leaders for their commitment to reforming charter law that has seen no major changes in almost 20 years and […] More »

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NAPCS Washington Update

Jul01

WASHINGTON UPDATE June 2016l Charter Schools Program on Track to Receive a Funding Increase The Senate Appropriations Committee passed bipartisan legislation that provides a $10 million (3%) increase for the Charter Schools Program (CSP). The Senate bill would increase funding for the CSP to $343 million in FY2017. The National Alliance issued this statement in […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Jun27

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY June 26, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS Online Charter Schools Need To Better Serve Students, Charter Groups Say (The Huffington Post, 6/17/16) Charter Groups Call for Reforms of Underperforming Virtual Schools (The Seventy Four, 6/17/16) Charter school organizations take stand against virtual schools (Education Dive, 6/17/16) Charter advocacy groups’ report urges overhaul […] More »

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Cyber schools call for action on improving virtual education

Jun24

Cyber schools call for action on improving virtual education In a letter yesterday to Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, the CEOs of nine cyber charter schools, serving more than 35,000 of the approximately 36,000 students in cyber schools in the state, took the unprecedented move to invite the Secretary to participate in a dialogue […] More »

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CFEF Weekly Update

Jun24

WEEKLY UPDATE: JUNE 24, 2016 Call to Action Day: Monday, June 27th Join others across Pennsylvania and take 5 minutes on Monday, June 27th to call state lawmakers urging them to increase basic education funding in the state budget. We know that just 10 calls in one day to one lawmaker can make a difference, […] More »

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NAPCS Weekly Update

Jun20

CHARTER NEWS WEEKLY June 19, 2016 NEWS ROUNDUP NATIONAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS The Evolution of the ‘Chartered School’ (Education Week, 6/13/16) Charter advocates acknowledge ‘disturbingly low performance’ of virtual schools (The Washington Post, 6/16/16) National charter groups call for states to crack down on cybercharters (The Inquirer – PA, 6/16/16) Revamping Virtual Charter Schools (Politico, […] More »

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CFEF: WEEKLY UPDATE: JUNE 17, 2016

Jun17

  WEEKLY UPDATE: JUNE 17, 2016 Send a Message to Lawmakers Add your voice to the growing number of Pennsylvanians who want lawmakers to fully fund our schools, by sending this message to your state Senator and state Representative. Follow the Campaign The Campaign’s infographics and one pagers are great resources for understanding why we […] More »

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New report misses part of the analysis but serves as a good basis for discussion

Jun17

 June 16, 2016 The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools has supported the closing of virtual schools that have not met performance standards and the denial of new applications that fall short of solid academic, governance, and performance criteria, but any educational research is only the beginning of understanding an issue and its potential resolution. […] More »

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MAYOR JIM KENNEY TO SPEAK AT MAST HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION

Jun16

MEDIA ADVISORY Math, Science & Technology Community Charter School 1800 E. Byberry Road  Philadelphia, PA 19116              Telephone: (267) 348-1100 Fax: (267) 348-1217 http://mastccs.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 16, 2016   Contact: John F. Swoyer III Chief Executive Officer MaST Community Charter School 267-348-1215 MAYOR JIM KENNEY TO SPEAK AT MAST HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION   […] More »

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CFEF Weekly Update

Jun13

WEEKLY UPDATE: JUNE 10, 2016 Send a Message to Lawmakers Add your voice to the growing number of Pennsylvanians who want lawmakers to fix the state’s broken school funding system, by sending this message to your state Senator and state Representative. PA’s new fair funding formula for basic education is an important first step toward […] More »

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Capitolwire: Wolf signs school funding formula bill, but new education battles likely on the horizon.

Jun06

Capitolwire: Wolf signs school funding formula bill, but new education battles likely on the horizon. By Christen Smith Staff Reporter Capitolwire HARRISBURG (June 6) — Gov. Tom Wolf signed the school funding formula into law Friday in the very same room where he and legislators first announced its completion one year earlier. It was a bipartisan display […] More »

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CFEF Weekly Update

Jun06

WEEKLY UPDATE: JUNE 3, 2016 A Great Day for Pennsylvania’s Public School Students! Today Governor Wolf signed into law the fair funding formula for basic education sent to him by the General Assembly, a demonstration of  bipartisanship and acknowledgment of the need to more equitably distribute school funding. The formula is an important first step […] More »

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Governor: Gov. Wolf signs fair funding formula, renews call to restore funding.

Jun03

Text of June 2 press release. Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 1552 into law, which establishes a fair funding formula and provides emergency funds for two of the commonwealth’s financially distressed school districts. Governor Wolf also called for new funding to help restore equity to Pennsylvania public school districts. “Prior to today, Pennsylvania […] More »

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CFEF Weekly Update

May31

WEEKLY UPDATE: MAY 27, 2016 Pennsylvania’s New Fair Funding Formula The General Assembly has taken an important first step toward fixing Pennsylvania’s school funding crisis: It adopted a permanent funding formula that will truly benefit every student. This balanced formula, recommended by the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission (BEFC), removes politics from state school funding […] More »

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