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Philly parents, staff’s most favored option is a return to schools this fall on alternate days, district survey finds
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Jul 2, 6:50 AM: Bringing children back to school in the fall in shifts on alternate days was the most favored option in a survey of 34,000 people by the Philadelphia School District about learning options during the pandemic — though parents and >
Editorial: City schools trapped in spiral
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Jul 2, 6:18 AM: It's stuck under years-long state management that limits how money can be spent. Charter schools are annually sucking more than $25 million from its budget. Miserly state lawmakers foist the responsibility for funding public >
Charters deny “cherry-picking” students, but data show special ed disparities
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Jul 1, 6:40 AM: Pennsylvania’s charter schools are “gaming the system” to maximize special education payments, and then using the money to subsidize their regular operations, costing Pennsylvania taxpayers millions, according to a new study by the >
Most Philly teachers say they want students physically back in class every other week
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Jun 30, 7:19 AM: When Philadelphia schools reopen, students should only physically attend on staggered weeks, most city teachers said in a new survey, and the School District needs to hire hundreds more cleaners to adequately scrub and sanitize >
Pennsylvania’s cyber charters were already equipped for remote learning. How much COVID-19 relief should they receive?
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Jun 29, 7:26 AM: Though the operations of cyber charters faced less interruption, they were still eligible for millions in aid through Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief [ESSER] funding the state received in May through the federal >
As Chester Upland considers expanding charter schools, its new superintendent says she has ‘no preference’ on management
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Jun 29, 7:24 AM: Carol Birks, a former superintendent of New Haven, Conn., schools, took over in Chester Upland this week. She brushed aside criticism from some there who said she favored charter schools — which are publicly funded but independently >
Pa.’s public schools are bleeding money because of the pandemic. It’s time to fix charter funding | Opinion
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Jun 29, 6:53 AM: Who ever said “every cloud has a silver lining” sure knew what he/she was saying. Take the COVID-19 pandemic. What an opportunity to keep driving public schools in Pennsylvania up to the edge of a cliff and over >
Philly-area students, alumni are demanding their schools address systemic racism
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Jun 24, 8:25 AM: She and Black classmates with similar experiences decided to take action, organizing a march last Friday and calling on Cherry Hill to require a high-school course in African American studies, examine school discipline rates and >
Opinion: Why attention to huge cyber charter payouts?
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Jun 24, 6:38 AM: Pennsylvania’s flawed charter school funding formula already results in overpayments to charter schools and in a time when school districts are facing significant financial issues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this >
AFT launches $1M ad blitz in Pa., 2020 battleground states calling on Senate to pass HEROES Act
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Jun 23, 8:17 AM: The American Federation of Teachers has launched a $1 million ad campaign, urging the U.S. Senate to pass the HEROES Act, or the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, which would provide an additional $3 >
Penn will offer public high school seniors in Philly a free four-week college and career prep program
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Jun 23, 7:01 AM: At the University of Pennsylvania, administrators wanted to do something to help rising seniors in Philadelphia’s public high schools close any gap that may have been opened by the coronavirus pandemic.
LETTER: Let families — not zip codes — determine children's future
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Jun 23, 6:38 AM: If we truly care about ensuring zip codes don’t dictate futures, then we must stop fixating solely on money and also address the problem of dividing students by location in the first place. While ensuring districts have sufficient >
Philly School District needs better data to achieve equity | Opinion
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Jun 18, 8:17 AM: One of William R. Hite Jr.’s admirable anchor goals for the Philadelphia School District from 2019 is that “100% of 8-year-olds will read on or above grade level” because “every child deserves a high-quality >
Pa. charter, private schools concerned about money and challenges of reopening in the fall
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Jun 18, 6:06 AM: Officials from Pennsylvania public charter schools and faith-based schools testified before the state House Education Committee on Wednesday. Ultimately, school leaders are concerned they won’t have enough funding to implement >
15-year-old in Mechanicsburg graduates high school, owes success to online learning
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Jun 17, 6:21 AM: Donaghy, a student at Commonwealth Charter Academy since kindergarten, was able to double up on credits, skip a few grades, and even take a college class before getting behind the wheel of a car. But the credit, she said, goes to >
Lancaster County private schools benefit from COVID-19 relief meant for struggling employers
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Jun 17, 5:53 AM: Three of Lancaster County’s largest private schools, two of which have sizable endowments, received millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded loans meant to keep embattled employers afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus has shed more light on cyber charter failures | Opinion
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Jun 16, 5:40 AM: Cyber charters may be a great fit for some highly motivated, self-disciplined students, or those with very involved parents or guardians. But generally speaking, cyber students are not learning, and taxpayers are paying twice what >
Political Cartoon: Studying equality in school funding
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Jun 15, 8:34 AM: All of those tuitions are well over twice what is spent on a kid in Philadelphia public schools ($15,562 per student, according to the PA Dept. of Education’s annual financial report). I guess rich kids are just harder to >
Opinion: Cyber charters cripple public schools
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Jun 15, 6:51 AM: Due to the economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pennsylvania’s public school districts face declining local revenue collection that is projected to range from $850 million to more than $1 billion for 2020-21.
Allentown School Board discusses charter schools and redistricting
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Jun 12, 7:39 AM: Although ASD officials said that they appreciated "the collaborative conversation and process developed with EEACS," the administration of Superintendent Thomas Parker will not support increasing the cap for next school year.

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