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District opposes Senate voucher program bill
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Jan 19, 5:43 AM: Citing the potential to lose considerable amounts of basic education subsidy, the Mifflin County School District Board of Directors on Thursday adopted a resolution in opposition of Senate Bill 2, which proposes to >
Kenney names 13 to help pick Philly's new school board
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Jan 17, 6:19 AM: Mayor Kenney on Tuesday named the 13 city residents who will shape Philadelphia’s new school board, laying out a ambitious timeline for forming a district governing body that will control a $3 billion budget and the >
Pa. charter schools struggling; more oversight needed, report says (CER in the news)
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Jan 11, 8:02 AM: Pennsylvania’s current charter law, the report said, hurts the 132,800 students in brick-and-mortar and cyber charters statewide, lacks adequate oversight, and does not allow ample opportunity for strong charters to expand >
The Philly school choice system no one is talking about
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Jan 10, 5:42 AM: Philly has long operated its own internal school choice system. If a school has open seats, parents from outside the area can line up to take them. This phenomenon is so common in the higher grades, only a handful of high >
Two-plus hours on a school bus: How a Chester charter taps Philly kids to grow 
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Jan 2, 8:06 AM: Data obtained by the Inquirer and Daily News show that the number of students commuting from Philadelphia to the state’s largest brick-and-mortar charter school — now with four campuses in Delaware County — has exploded >
New federal tax ‘loophole’ could stoke interest in private school donations in Pa.
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Jan 2, 7:59 AM: Changes to the federal tax code could encourage more Pennsylvania businesses to pump money into K-12 private schools instead of paying state taxes.
From chaos to calm at one North Philly elementary school
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Dec 28, 8:41 AM: Kenderton illustrates much about the challenges and promise of urban education, and what the shifting sands of school reform can mean to a neighborhood: The school at 15th and Ontario has been frequently tagged in >
Philly schools no longer distressed, top officials say: Harrisburg signs off on SRC dissolution
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Dec 28, 7:02 AM: Pennsylvania’s top education official this week certified the dissolution of the SRC, which voted last month to abolish itself after 16 years of existence.
How Chester Community Charter School got a 9-year deal
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Dec 26, 8:49 AM: For years, charter school proponents have been trying to change Pennsylvania law so that operating agreement renewals could be extended from five years to 10. They haven’t succeeded in Harrisburg. But that didn’t deter >
First hearings held for nine proposed new charters
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Dec 20, 7:33 AM: Eight management companies seeking to open nine new charter schools in Philadelphia made their initial pitches on Monday to a hearing officer for the School Reform Commission.
Erie School District to broaden cyber offerings
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Dec 18, 6:34 AM: In-house program to be available to students in K-5; now limited to 6-12. The Erie School District is ready to expand its in-house cyber school program to include students in kindergarten through fifth grade. >
SRC votes to shut a troubled Philly charter, starts process for 2 more
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Dec 15, 6:05 AM: The School Reform Commission voted Thursday night to shut one troubled charter school, and also moved to yank the charters of two schools run by Aspira Inc. of Pennsylvania.
Hola! Mayor Kenney Visits Students At Bilingual Charter School
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Dec 14, 6:44 AM: Mayor Kenney today made the 105th school visit of his term — this time, to a charter that teaches in both English and Spanish.
Erie’s Laughlin leaves education panel, changing contour of school choice vote
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Dec 14, 5:24 AM: The Republican state senator has been appointed to the Senate committee on economic development. Laughlin was a key vote in committee against a bill that would create a program similar to vouchers.
Charter school backers grilled
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Dec 13, 7:12 AM: The Tunkhannock Area School Board grilled the organizers of a proposed Mehoopany Charter School they hoped can open next summer.
Vote delayed on Pennsylvania school voucher bill
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Dec 13, 6:29 AM: A Pennsylvania Senate panel postponed a vote Tuesday on a school choice bill that would allow some parents to use state tax money to send children to a private school.
Philly's Robeson High, a school on the rise, now in national spotlight
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Dec 13, 5:58 AM: Five students apply for each of the 70 seats in its freshman class. Robeson is a citywide admissions school, meaning that children from across the city are eligible to attend. It has some admissions criteria — good grades, >
Mayor Kenney Asks For City Council’s Help Replacing School Reform Commission
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Dec 13, 5:51 AM: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is asking City Council and voters for help as he picks a new school board. Last month, the School Reform Commission voted to dissolve itself, and the decision is expected to be approved by the >
Committee shuffle could make difference for school choice bill
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Dec 12, 5:53 AM: A contentious proposal to let students use state money to pay for private school is getting another chance to make it onto the Senate floor.
One teacher, one student: a new type of school coming to Philly area
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Nov 30, 6:44 AM: This fall, the teen decided to try a radically different approach for her senior year. She enrolled in Fusion Academy in Princeton, N.J. – a unique private school that emphasizes one-on-one instruction, with each class >

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