June 23, 2020 – Public charter schools in Pennsylvania stand for inclusion, diversity and educational opportunity. Charter school leaders and their staff have dedicated themselves to improving the lives of Black children by providing them with an education that meets their unique needs. In fact, nearly 43 percent of Pennsylvania’s charter school students are Black, compared to 15 percent in school districts statewide.
The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) and its member schools share a mission that rejects racism and injustice, and seeks to empower students and families with access to quality public education, regardless of where they live, the color of their skin or cultural heritage, or their financial status.
Public charter schools in Pennsylvania have taken a stand against racial injustice in our communities. Below are statements from some PCPCS member schools recognizing the grief and anger felt by their students, families and neighbors, and offering resources to confront racism and promote healing.
- Avon Grove Charter School
- Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia
- Catalyst Academy Charter School
- City Charter High School
- Esperanza Academy Charter School
- Freire Charter School
- Manchester Academic Charter School
- Mastery Charter Schools
- Olney Charter High School
- PA Cyber Charter School
- Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship
- Propel Schools
- Reach Cyber Charter School
- Renaissance Academy Charter School
- Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School
- Roberto Clemente Charter School
- York Academy Charter School
- Young Scholars Charter School
The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) is the state’s largest and most active organization advocating for both brick-and-mortar and cyber charter schools. Pennsylvania’s 180 charter schools educate more than 140,000 students and demand for these public schools continues to grow with more than 40,000 students on charter school waitlists. For more information on PCPCS or charters schools, visit www.pacharters.org.