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Letter: Teachers need the full story before unionizing
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Dec 17, 8:10 AM: Propel employees can’t allow the PSEA to mess with their workplace. Right now, most charter schools — and teachers — are free from dues and fees and have freedom in the classroom. After unionization, it’s unlikely they would ever >
Shaming exhausted parents for their kids’ school attendance issues is misguided and unfair | Opinion
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Dec 15, 9:32 AM: In focusing on truancy, it’s easy to ignore that our families don’t have disposable income to hire Zoom tutors or organize well-resourced pandemic pods. They don’t have the luxury of working from home while homeschooling their kids. >
North Allegheny School District Parents Protest Remote Learning
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Dec 15, 7:39 AM: "My kids are getting a very poor education at this point,” said parent Jenene Cwalina. Sixth-grade student Lily Ries said she couldn’t agree more. “I really can’t learn remotely. It’s really terrible. I don’t get anything. I have >
Philadelphia superintendent receives ‘needs improvement’ rating in two areas
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Dec 15, 6:57 AM: It also said that while Hite is focused on student learning outcomes, “our data continues to show that students across Philadelphia are not achieving at the levels necessary to reach their fullest potential.” The board on Thursday >
Educators and parents: This school year will be a setback for children's education
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Dec 14, 7:44 AM: What she's seeing in her school district near Philadelphia is playing out across the state of Pennsylvania. Administrators and teachers are maneuvering through pandemic-related state regulations and the evolving models of >
A new direction’: Philadelphia school board shifts focus toward academics and equity work
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Dec 11, 9:10 AM: The board on Thursday night adopted what it’s calling “Goals and Guardrails,” guiding principles that will shift its focus and, come January, its meetings, putting a sharper focus on academic achievement.
New PA Data Shows How The Pandemic Gave A Big Boost To Cyber Charter Schools
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Dec 10, 6:17 AM: New data from Pennsylvania’s Department of Education shows that the pandemic has caused a small, but significant enrollment decline at traditional public schools, while increasing the share of cyber charter students.
Amid Propel Schools Unionization Fight, Organizers Accuse Administration Of Aggressive Tactics
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Dec 9, 8:40 AM: A campaign to unionize educators is underway at one of the region’s largest charter school networks, but organizers say administrators have tried to thwart the effort.
Learn more about cyber school before dismissing it | My Turn
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Dec 9, 8:23 AM: I was disappointed in the recent attack on Pennsylvania cyber charter schools in a letter to the editor, “Charter schools are taking taxpayers’ money” and I wanted to try and help set the record straight.
Pa. shortchanged its poorest school districts in giving out federal CARES Act money, report says
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Dec 8, 9:32 AM: Pennsylvania shortchanged its poorest school districts in the distribution of federal relief funding, allocating the most recent round of pandemic aid without accounting for poverty or other needs, according to a new report.
Pittsburgh teachers union calls for improved equity programs, revenue to fund them
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Dec 7, 7:24 AM: The Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers is calling for the implementation of numerous proposals designed to create more equitable schools — and asking for increased revenue through tax increases or other measures to fund >
Closing the country’s first all-girls Catholic school is a mistake | Opinion
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Dec 3, 8:30 AM: The decision to close John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School is short-sighted and a misstep by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that will negatively impact young women for years to come. The board of directors implores >
Commentary: Should the Philly School Board be elected instead of appointed?
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Dec 2, 6:40 AM: We recently learned that another member of our appointed Board is resigning and the Mayor is in the process of filling the vacancies. Philadelphia’s students, families, and educators are locked out of the process, afforded neither a >
How cyber schools are failing PA children | Opinion
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Dec 2, 6:37 AM: However, it is also important that we do what is best for students, and as they stand right now, cyber charter schools are not the best choice for most students. As a public school student and future educator myself, I urge every >
Montgomery County parents stage another COVID-19 school-closing protest, this time with a road rally
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Nov 30, 7:16 AM: Schillinger said her children have had just three days of in-person learning in the Hatboro-Horsham School District since March. That’s why she helped organize “Voice for Choice — Open Our Schools,” a car rally that drove through >
Philly’s Black-led charter schools are treated unfairly, new group says
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Nov 25, 9:12 AM: Philadelphia’s Black-led charter schools play an important role in educating thousands of city children, yet are routinely subjected to inequities and racial bias by the School District, leaders of a new coalition said >
Philly’s Black-led charter schools band together for ‘Black Schools Matter’ campaign
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Nov 25, 9:10 AM: A group of Philadelphia charter schools led by Black educators are banding together to highlight racial inequities in the public school system, and advocate for more resources.
Agora Cyber Charter talks learning curve amid pandemic
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Nov 24, 8:19 AM: For many families, virtual learning is a learning curve. If you’re one of those families, or if your child has expressed an interest in virtual learning during the coronavirus pandemic, Agora Cyber Charter wants to lead the >
School districts foresee crisis over pandemic cyber shift
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Nov 23, 6:48 AM: Public school officials across Pennsylvania were already concerned about cyber charter schools pulling funding away from already cash-strapped school districts before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
The coronavirus crisis has highlighted the value of cyber charter schools | Opinion
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Nov 20, 8:46 AM: We are thankful for the Commonwealth’s continued support. Public funding – which is allocated to every Pennsylvania student, not to a particular school or district – is essential for cyber charter schools to give Pennsylvania >

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