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District school? Charter? Private? Philly school-choice advocates want streamlined applications
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Nov 15, 6:30 AM: Multiple applications and deadlines. Confusion over the process and where to get information. Inconsistent support for families trying to navigate their choices.
Advocates hope Gov. Wolf uses decisive election victory to seek large school funding boost
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Nov 12, 5:47 AM: A Wagner victory would have paved the way for more school choice-friendly policies such as education savings accounts — which would divert some existing public school dollars to help parents pay for private school tuition. Wolf’s >
Bensalem Board of Education considers performing arts charter school
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Nov 9, 8:44 AM: The battle over arts education took center stage in Bensalem this week as school districts showcased their diverse programs and the talents of students in them, while a company that wants to bring a visual and performing arts >
Chronic absenteeism: School attendance can determine district quality
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Nov 9, 7:24 AM: The Pennsylvania Department of Education has been taking notes over the last several years and concluded that a more holistic approach when evaluating school districts was needed. Specifically, the department decided to create a new >
I-LEAD representatives deliver charter renewal to Reading School District
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Nov 1, 6:39 AM: About 100 students, staff and supporters of I-LEAD Charter School marched on Penn Street on Wednesday afternoon to deliver the school's charter renewal application to the Reading School District.
More than half of Pa. public schools do not have a teacher of color
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Oct 31, 6:27 AM: More than 60 years after the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, an analysis of state data shows persistently stark disparities between the racial composition of teachers and students in Pennsylvania’s schools — among the widest >
I-LEAD Charter School board wants school's charter renewed
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Oct 30, 6:28 AM: The I-LEAD Charter School's board of directors gave its approval for the city's only charter school to stick around.
Where Gov. Tom Wolf, Scott Wagner clash on school funding
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Oct 29, 5:51 AM: As voters do their homework to decide which gubernatorial candidate they'll support on Nov. 6, those who place a high importance on education can see clear differences between Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican challenger Scott >
Building 21's first class starts senior year as cloud of questions surround school's future
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Oct 26, 7:14 AM: Mirna was part of Building 21’s first class when it opened in fall 2015 with 150 ninth graders with an aim of getting students career and college ready. In the spring, she will be among the first to graduate from the school that >
Philadelphia cyber charter schools are changing the way children join the classroom
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Oct 25, 7:33 AM: Renowned PA Cyber Charter School was Pennsylvania’s first all remote cyber charter school providing education from Kindergarten to 12th grade. This school built its reputation on a model that allows students to learn from any >
State exam report card is out: science results show improvement but math continues to be a struggle
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Oct 24, 5:10 AM: The focus on science education seems to be paying off for Pennsylvania's public school students based on their performance on state exams.
How School Choice Impacts Diversity At Pittsburgh Schools
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Oct 23, 6:03 AM: A school’s capture rate is the percentage of kids in a school’s attendance zone who actually attend their neighborhood public school. In the case of Minadeo and other schools with low capture rates, most students assigned to the >
Bill giving options to high-stakes graduation tests going to the governor
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Oct 16, 7:41 AM: Legislation to provide alternatives to passing high-stakes exams to prove readiness to graduate high school won passage in the state Senate on Monday.
New WESA Series Takes A Closer Look At Where Pittsburgh Kids Go To School
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Oct 16, 7:12 AM: In Pittsburgh, parents have many choices of where to send their kids to school: home schooling, private or parochial schools, charter schools, or Pittsburgh Public magnet schools or neighborhood schools.
LETTER: Vote for legislators who will reform charter school regulations
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Oct 15, 4:43 AM: A charter school is a publicly funded but privately operated school. They don’t play by the same rules when it comes to acceptance of special needs children and diversity and use taxpayer money to run advertisements in the >
Online education programs can keep students in ‘school,’ cut costs to district
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Oct 2, 5:45 AM: Launched in 2009, the academy is modeled along the cyber charter school program with parallel district requirements for graduation. In 2017-2018, more than 50 students enrolled in BeLA.
Guest Opinion: Charter schools in PA are doing more with less
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Oct 1, 5:52 AM: Throughout the Keystone state, thousands of families are benefiting from the educational opportunities provided by public charter schools. As public schools, charters are tuition free, non-sectarian and serve students from a diverse >
ASD spends $13,000 on marketing campaign
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Sep 28, 6:08 AM: In an effort to compete against charter schools, the Allentown School District will spend $13,000 on billboards, radio ads, video ads, and social media to promote itself.
Applying to a Philly charter school? This new website wants to make it easier
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Sep 28, 5:16 AM: For years, trying to get your kid into a Philly charter schools has been a byzantine hassle. Each school has its own application, own deadline, and own response window.
Mechanicsburg Schools see student flexibility, choice as vital
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Sep 26, 5:41 AM: The Mechanicsburg Area School Board heard an update on Tuesday night about ongoing changes at the district’s secondary grade levels concerning curriculum, instruction methods and other facets.

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