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Pa. Senate education leaders need to give local taxpayers a break on cyber-charter costs | Opinion
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Apr 13, 7:06 AM: School board members across the commonwealth are seeing red because the dollars they are sending to cyber- charter schools are spiraling out of control, putting intense pressure on local property taxes.
Educational reform hearing looks at better online learning, help for needy families
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Apr 13, 5:32 AM: It’s no secret this year has been challenging for education. State senators talked about how to make things better for Pennsylvania kids for generations to come on Monday. They covered everything from better online learning to >
Opinion: Charter school law is old and broken — and it’s time we fix it
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Apr 12, 6:34 AM: Our charter school law is colossally out of date, and it’s hurting kids and hurting taxpayers, while letting private company middlemen siphon away money intended to teach students.
Hundreds of Pittsburgh-Area Charter School Educators Are Voting on Unionization
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Apr 9, 7:25 AM: Facing down anti-union threats from an increasingly brazen management, educators at more than a dozen Pittsburgh-area charter schools are voting on unionization. For teachers already burdened by impossible workloads, the charters’ >
Charter Schools A Flashpoint In School Board Debate
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Apr 9, 7:20 AM: The first public debate between candidates for the Pittsburgh Public Schools Wednesday evening was a relatively sedate affair, made only mildly contentious by the fact that three of the candidates have children who attended charter >
Philly plans expanded summer school, open to all; will administer most state tests this spring
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Apr 9, 5:52 AM: "There will be opportunities this summer for any family who wants their child in some sort of program,” Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said.
COVID-19 has upended education. How will schools solve for learning loss?
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Apr 8, 6:00 AM: The Inquirer contacted more than 90 districts across Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey last month to ask if they had seen or measured learning loss this year and how they were responding to it. Of those that responded, more >
Harrisburg School District students returning to classroom for first time in over a year
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Apr 6, 7:32 AM: Kicking off this morning, students in grades K through 2nd will begin hybrid learning, meaning for the first time in more than year, little ones at Foose Elementary School will walk-up that sidewalk and into those doors for >
Federal money will aid Philly schools, but it’s not a cure-all | Editorial
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Apr 5, 7:46 AM: While the federal money can help address the immediate demands, we have to remember that the impact of COVID-19 was made worse because of the underlying deficiencies already built into the system.
Historic Pa. public school funding lawsuit finally heading to trial this fall
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Apr 5, 5:48 AM: Education reform advocates say the reason for these disparities is simple: the state does not provide enough money to its public schools to ensure that students in poor districts have adequate access to educators, course offerings >
These higher-income families were all in for Philly schools. Virtual is pushing them to leave
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Mar 30, 6:30 AM: When the Philadelphia Board of Education devoted its entire March 18 meeting to public comment, it was flooded with children and parents pleading for one thing: open classrooms for all kids, as soon as possible.
Pa. lawmaker wants to tie school district dollars to students’ return to the classroom
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Mar 30, 6:20 AM: A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to make sure all public school and college students have the option of in-person instruction five days a week once fall rolls around, if not sooner.
Time is running out for Wolf to repopulate shorthanded charter school appeals board
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Mar 29, 6:50 AM: A new charter school got the green light to open its doors in Harrisburg this September, thanks to a decision by a powerful state board whose members formerly worked alongside the school’s founder.
‘This is a crisis’: Philly principals say student needs are increasing and the district needs to get more dollars into schools
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Mar 26, 8:11 AM: Virtual learning has been tough for Lee’s learners, many of whom work and are dealing with housing or economic insecurity. But because of the way the Philadelphia School District doles out dollars to schools, Lee will have less >
Column: 'School choice' is a nonsense slogan
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Mar 25, 7:13 AM: For what other public services are we offered choice?  Police departments?  Road departments?  Public health services?  Jail cells?  The list goes on and on.And why not? Because such choices would result in chaos and extraordinary >
Parents demand Erie County implement three-foot rule in schools
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Mar 24, 7:49 AM: Parents rallied Tuesday to demand Erie County ease social distancing rules in schools and allow students to attend full time, while county officials maintained the decision is out of their hands.
Harrisburg charter school wins appeal, plans September opening
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Mar 24, 7:27 AM: A state appeals board has ruled in favor of the Pennsylvania STEAM Academy, a planned charter school whose application had been rejected by Harrisburg School District.
Eureka! These students from the Poconos win charter school STEM competition
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Mar 24, 7:25 AM: Reach Cyber Charter School recently held its annual STEM Challenge, which required participants to make their own Rube Goldberg machines, contraptions designed to complete simple tasks in a complicated fashion.
BASD will spend nearly $1 million on cyber charter school
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Mar 24, 7:23 AM: The Brookville Area School District will spend nearly $1 million this year to pay for district students who have elected to attend a cyber charter school rather than the classes offered by the district.
Some PPS parents want faster reopening of schools
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Mar 23, 7:25 AM: Several parents of students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools have asked district officials to open buildings to more children at a faster pace than currently planned.

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