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New legislative report: WB Area has area’s highest charter school enrollment
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May 25, 4:54 AM: Wilkes-Barre Area has by far the highest percentage of students enrolled in charter schools among Luzerne County’s 11 school districts, and pays the most per student for those charter school students, according to a new state >
Charter school wins legal battle for 5 more years
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May 24, 7:04 AM: Ending months of legal wrangling, Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School has been granted a five-year charter extension by the state.
Cyber schools cost district millions
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May 24, 4:49 AM:

East Stroudsburg Area School District and its taxpayers paid cyber charter schools $3.7 million last year. That total has climbed consistently for at least the last five years.

Lehigh Valley Academy gets new charter without enrollment cap
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May 23, 6:27 AM: The state has ruled a local charter school can have its charter renewed without enrollment caps, ending its battle with the Bethlehem Area School District, which was seeking a cap to save $1 million.
Innovative Arts Academy authorizes $30,000 loan from landlord at unadvertised meeting
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May 23, 5:52 AM: Innovative Arts Academy Charter School Board of Trustees voted to borrow $30,000 from its landlord at a meeting that was not advertised to the public as required under the state's Sunshine Act.
Charter schools, district spar at SRC meeting
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May 22, 5:58 AM: Testimony during Thursday’s monthly School Reform Commission meeting ranged from advocating for charter reform and charter renewals, to immigrant rights and school closures.
Court sides with proposed cyber charter backed by K12 Inc.
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May 19, 5:43 AM: After a four-year battle, backers of a proposed cyber charter school moved closer to opening what would be Pennsylvania's 15th school that provides online instruction to students in their homes.
Appeal board hears arguments for, against I-LEAD Charter School
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May 17, 6:14 AM: Inside a large room at the Market Street home of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the latest, and possibly last, battle for the fate of I-LEAD Charter School was fought Tuesday afternoon.
Carlisle board members pass resolutions calling for “true” charter school reform
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May 16, 4:54 AM: It’s not a matter of limiting parental choice, but improving accountability for the taxpayer dollars flowing out of school districts and into charter and cyber charter schools.
School-choice advocates pump millions into Pennsylvania campaigns
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May 15, 5:00 AM: Wealthy school-choice advocates, wielding millions of dollars in campaign contributions, have sought to play a powerful role in Pennsylvania politics. All told, more than $10 million from school-choice advocates has made its way >
For low-income students, Crossroads Foundation provides access to better high schools
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May 15, 4:54 AM: The Crossroads Foundation, based in Point Breeze, provides scholarships for low-income students “at high risk for school failure” to attend one of the region’s six Catholic high schools. More than 500 students have graduated during >
Future uncertain for Reading’s I-LEAD Charter School
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May 12, 6:47 AM: The fate of the I-LEAD Charter School in Reading could be sealed in the days ahead. About a year ago, the Reading School Board decided to close the school and there's been a legal battle ever since.
Critics: Tax credit program increase will cost Luzerne County schools $1.5M
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May 12, 5:12 AM: A proposed increase in money for a state scholarship tax credit program would be the equivalent of denying $1.5 million more to Luzerne County public school districts, an advocacy group critical of the tax credit program >
I-LEAD staff, students rally for school choice
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May 10, 5:00 AM: A group of about 65 students, parents and staff of I-LEAD Charter School traveled to Harrisburg to participate in a rally for school choice alongside hundreds of other advocates from across the state.
6 months after nomination, Richman still waits for SRC confirmation
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May 8, 5:26 AM: Gov. Wolf nominated her to the SRC in October. Her Senate education committee hearing happened in February. The Pennsylvania Senate is poised to finally confirm her to the Philadelphia School District’s governing body this week - >
SRC shoots back against Turzai, asks to meet with Pa. speaker
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May 5, 5:20 AM: Taken to task by Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai over charter schools, the School Reform Commission has shot back.
Olney Charter HS teachers ratify first union contract
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May 3, 5:31 AM: Two years after voting to unionize, teachers at Olney Charter High School have ratified their first union contract.
Despite pleas, SRC turns down renewal for Lab charter school
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May 2, 5:37 AM: Amid concerns about “overreach,” the School Reform Commission voted Monday night to not renew the Laboratory Charter School of Languages and Communications, despite pleas from parents, students, and supporters.
Renewals roil Philly charter community
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May 1, 6:50 AM: The Philadelphia School Reform Commission was scheduled to decide Monday whether 23 charter schools should have their operating agreements renewed for five years. But provisions of the proposed agreements have created so much >
Marking achievement a challenge for growing Pittsburgh Online Academy
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May 1, 6:27 AM: Pittsburgh Public Schools created Online Academy in 2012, hoping to attract city residents away from cyber charter schools. Five years later, now with 183 students, the school has become something of a hybrid.

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