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North Allegheny mulls bringing back its own cyber school
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Jun 25, 6:31 AM: The North Allegheny Cyber Academy, which was only for grades four through eight, was closed four years ago. But a proposed state law would make it financially feasible for the district to offer a cyber school, officials said. Senate >
Should Philly sell a neighborhood school to the charter company running it?
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Jun 25, 5:58 AM: Belmont Charter School in West Philadelphia is at the center of a debate over public assets and whether they should ever pass into private hands.
Don’t use the word reform for this charter school package | Opinion
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Jun 25, 5:33 AM: If you weren’t worried about the rising cost of public education before now – you should be. If the legislature passes the charter bills currently in the Senate, expect more of the same; higher school taxes and disappointing news on >
School districts bleeding money to cyber charter schools
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Jun 24, 7:46 AM: Although wages and retirement benefits are often listed as the drivers of these deficits, one expense that all districts in the area face is the increase in cyber charter school funding which in some cases equals or exceeds the >
When it comes to grading teachers in Pa., test scores could carry less weight
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Jun 24, 6:21 AM: Much like their students, public school teachers are evaluated for their performance. But student test scores may soon play a smaller role in how teachers are graded. The state Senate is poised to vote as soon as Monday on >
Cyber charter schools
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Jun 21, 7:50 AM: A new study shows that many students enrolled in Pennsylvania’s cyber charter schools are not getting a quality education. A quarter of Pennsylvania’s charter school students use these virtual learning programs as an alternative to >
Pittsburgh school board renews charters for schools in Hill District, Hazelwood
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Jun 21, 7:26 AM: The vote was unanimous for both, an unusual move for a board that isn’t particularly friendly to charter schools. But members said they voted to renew the charters despite questions about student performance because of the unique >
Column: Gov. Wolf missed boat with veto on scholarships
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Jun 21, 6:12 AM: Gov. Wolf surprised no one this week when he vetoed a sorely needed expansion of Pennsylvania’s scholarship program, the Educational Improvement Tax Credit. But he disappointed thousands.
Column: Pa. students need more scholarships, not more vetoes
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Jun 21, 5:59 AM: Gov. Tom Wolf surprised no one this week when he vetoed a sorely needed expansion of Pennsylvania’s scholarship program, the Educational Improvement Tax Credit. But he disappointed thousands.
Review & Outlook: This Wolf Vetoes as a Wolf
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Jun 20, 7:29 AM: Bad news in Pennsylvania, where an effort we’ve been telling you about to expand school choice has run up against union politics and the Democratic Governor.
Who decides whether charter schools open in Pa.? Not just your local school district.
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Jun 20, 6:54 AM: The charter school proposed for West Philadelphia had failed to submit a fully developed curriculum. Its management company hadn’t demonstrated that the schools it runs should be replicated, according to the school >
Students from Washington County graduate from online charter school
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Jun 20, 6:22 AM: Four students from Washington County enrolled in Reach Cyber Charter School, a tuition-free online charter school, were among the 265 graduating seniors who walked across the stage this month.
Editorial: School tax credits are taxes too
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Jun 20, 6:14 AM: Automatically. Without question. What would you sign up for today knowing that it could — and would — escalate annually every Jan. 1? Is there anything? Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a bill to that effect.
Opinion: Pa.’s charter school package doesn’t count as real reform
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Jun 20, 5:27 AM: If you weren’t worried about the rising cost of public education before now — you should be. If Pennsylvania passes the charter bills currently in the state Senate, expect more of the same: higher school taxes and disappointing news >
Erie Rise, Wiley charter at different points
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Jun 19, 6:42 AM: Erie School Board will scrutinize Erie Rise’s performance on the same night it will vote on Wiley school’s expansion.
Gov. Tom Wolf vetoes major expansion of Pennsylvania’s tax credits-for-private school scholarships program
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Jun 19, 6:00 AM: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has vetoed a bill that is near and dear to Speaker of the House Mike Turzai’s heart. Wolf used his veto pen to strike down a Turzai-sponsored proposal that would have nearly doubled the amount of tax >
Lawmakers, Wolf need to fix Pennsylvania’s charter school funding imbalance | Opinion
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Jun 19, 5:39 AM: The entire burden of funding charter schools falls on school districts and local taxpayers. Last year, 37 cents of every additional dollar raised in property taxes went to pay the increasing cost of charter school tuition, which >
Chester Charter Scholars Academy salutes first graduates
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Jun 18, 6:55 AM: The 45 members of the first high school graduating class of the Chester Charter Scholars Academy (CCSA), formerly the Chester Charter School for the Arts, celebrated last week during ceremonies held at the Lang Performing Arts >
Judge’s order makes it official: Harrisburg schools lose local control for 3 years
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Jun 18, 5:23 AM: Starting immediately, and for the next three years, a receiver will run the Harrisburg School District, according to Judge William T. Tully’s official written order filed late Monday.
Charter renewal to be scrutinized at Erie Rise hearing
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Jun 17, 5:22 AM: More than four years ago, when the Erie Rise Leadership Academy Charter School last risked losing its charter, the school got a reprieve by agreeing to abide by an improvement plan. With Erie Rise’s charter again in jeopardy, the >

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