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With Turzai departure, private and charter schools lose a major ally in the capital
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Jan 24, 6:41 AM: Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Mike Turzai’s legacy on education policy boils down to two words: school choice. The Allegheny County Republican — who announced Thursday he won’t seek re-election after eight years in top >
PA Has One Of The Country’s Largest Cyber Charter Populations, Erie Lawmaker Wants To Close Them
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Jan 23, 8:45 AM: A bill that could radically reshape Pennsylvania’s cyber education landscape received a public hearing Tuesday in the House Education Committee, inspiring strong reactions from advocates and lawmakers.
PA Provides Some Of The Worst Opportunities For Students Of Color, Report Says
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Jan 22, 8:35 AM: Students of color in Pennsylvania are far less likely than their white peers to have access to small classes, certified teachers and advanced coursework, according to a pair of new studies.
PA Cyber’s CEO testifies against bill that would eliminate all cyber charters, require students to attend district-run virtual programs
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Jan 22, 7:48 AM: In a state House hearing on Tuesday, Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School CEO Brian Hayden slammed a bill requiring school districts to offer cyber programs, saying proponents were ignoring the history behind cyber charter schools and >
West Chester wants to win back charter students with its own cyber program, and it’s not alone
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Jan 22, 6:46 AM: As Pennsylvania’s sizable cyber charter sector continues to draw students and funding from school districts — despite posting poor academic results — West Chester’s attempt stands as the latest effort by a district to beat back the >
‘Bazooka to a knife fight’? The plan to close Pa. cyber charter schools
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Jan 22, 6:42 AM: The plan to close Pa. cyber charter schoolsA bill that could radically reshape Pennsylvania’s cyber education landscape received a public hearing Tuesday in the House Education Committee, inspiring strong reactions from advocates >
Its power taken away, Harrisburg school board struggles to find a role in district’s recovery
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Jan 21, 6:52 AM: By court order, she’s was appointed Harrisburg School District’s receiver and given nearly all of the decision-making power typically held by the nine elected members of the district’s school board. For the three-year duration of a >
Plans to shut down public cyber charter schools will hurt my children | Opinion
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Jan 20, 7:37 AM: To put it simply, his bill to end public cyber charter schools will be devastating to tens of thousands of children seeking a better education and a better future. It takes away our choice as parents to give our children the tools >
Paul Muschick: Bethlehem superintendent knew he would take heat for talking about race and charter schools. Here’s why he did anyway.
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Jan 17, 9:26 AM: Roy is among many superintendents, including Allentown’s Thomas Parker, who are calling for state officials to overhaul the charter school system because of the cost to school districts, which pay tuition for students who enroll in >
Editorial | Do homework on education opportunities
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Jan 17, 9:13 AM: To combat the problem, many colleges are offering more educational opportunities to students. At St. Francis, new online graduate programs have helped to stem the loss, and Pitt-Johnstown has added a dozen new majors over the past >
CASD, charter schools spar in funding dispute
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Jan 16, 7:52 AM: Interim Superintendent Dr. Richard Dunlap said during a school board meeting Tuesday evening that there are several variables affecting the district’s budget, but currently the two highest costs for the district are special >
A Chesco school district is in ‘a fight for our lives’ as students flock to charters
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Jan 16, 6:39 AM: The tension between traditional public schools and the charter schools they fund has spurred debate for years, in Pennsylvania and nationally. In one Chester County community, the situation has escalated to what school district >
Cyber charters transformed my struggling kids. Why do Pa. politicians want to change my choice? | Opinion
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Jan 16, 6:21 AM:

I am a parent and a taxpayer. Unfortunately, my elected officials don’t always believe that makes me qualified to choose the best school for my children. They’re wrong.

Management companies don’t have the same rights as charter schools, appeals board rules
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Jan 15, 7:46 AM: A powerful state board ruled on Tuesday that charter management companies, the private entities that primarily operate charter schools in southeastern Pennsylvania, don’t have the same rights as their charter school clients to >
Asbestos closes Philly elementary for at least the rest of the week
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Jan 7, 9:27 AM: Carnell Elementary School will remain closed this week as Philadelphia School District officials scramble to fix damaged asbestos in dozens of locations throughout the building.
Harrisburg schools progress report: State takeover brings changes, but much remains to be done
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Jan 6, 6:56 AM: A semester later, Samuels, Acting Superintendent Chris Celmer and many of their supporters argue it’s a promise that’s been largely fulfilled. They point to achievements such as the creation of an accurate budget, a districtwide >
‘I Don’t Feel Safe’: Parents Losing Confidence In Philadelphia School District Over Handling Of Asbestos Found In Schools
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Jan 3, 6:49 AM: Parents with children who go to a Philadelphia school tainted with asbestos are meeting with leaders as a self-imposed deadline to reopen has come and gone. Both McClure and Carnell Elementary Schools were supposed to reopen >
The Grinch who stole scholarships | Opinion
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Jan 3, 6:35 AM: So the Grinch bought all the private education he could. For the Grinch’s own children, there was nothing too good. And one day, the other Harrisburgers asked, “what about us?” “We love our kids too. We love them so >
Public education’s problems won’t be fixed with more funding | Opinion
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Dec 30, 9:45 AM: If politicians really wanted public education to be better in the Keystone State, they would put the power to choose firmly where it belongs: in the hands of parents. That they refuse to do this lays bare the fact of the matter: >
Column: Education funding inequities fuels segregation of poor
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Dec 30, 8:39 AM: Tax dollars for public education should equal equitable funding across the board for public schools, but under the current tax funding structure, affluent school districts have super-sized public funding budgets and state-of-the art >

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