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More than a quarter of students in these 5 Central Pa. schools fail to graduate on time
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Mar 18, 6:06 AM: In most central Pennsylvania school districts, failing to graduate is a relatively rare occurrence. In five districts, however, more than a quarter of ninth-grade students won’t leave with a diploma four years later. >
Lincoln Leadership Academy Charter School looks to expand campus to Poconos for 'less stressful' learning environment
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Mar 15, 6:58 AM: Lincoln Leadership Academy Charter is looking to expand its program to a campus in the Poconos for a “less stressful” learning environment for students with behavioral and emotional challenges, but the charter school must >
Are Pa. school districts paying too much for cyber charter students?
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Mar 15, 6:19 AM: Penglase and other parents say the cybers are refuges from what they view as less-than-ideal learning environments of some conventional classrooms. But the funding system, along with the academic struggles of cyber >
Opinion: STEAM Academy promises educational choice in Harrisburg
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Mar 11, 7:01 AM: We’ve read much of the on-line debate regarding our recent charter school application and its denial by the Harrisburg School Board, and we felt that it was important to present the facts of the school and its founding to >
Challenged by cost and access, rural Pa. students find tech-based alternative
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Mar 11, 6:38 AM: The two-year regional college differs from typical schools with its "nontraditional delivery system." Instead of having one central campus where all students go, there's a network of satellite classrooms in schools or >
Supporters of Harrisburg charter school aim to appeal denial to state board
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Mar 6, 8:02 AM: Dumaresq argues that the Harrisburg School Board wrongly denied the charter’s application. For one thing, she maintains that a district can’t deny a charter school because it doesn’t want to lose students or is worried >
Editorial: A new divide between charters and traditional public schools?
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Mar 6, 6:23 AM: The District, which approves charters, should add equity as one of the criteria for approving or renewing charters. Also, at the state level, the funding formula for special education needs to be updated.
Education group wants Wolf to prevent Corbett-appointed charter school board from making rulings
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Mar 5, 8:09 AM: A leading education organization is calling on Gov. Tom Wolf to prevent a state board from ruling on charter school appeals until he works with the state Senate to fill its six seats.
Wolf’s plan to boost teacher salaries faces bipartisan skepticism in Pa. House
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Mar 5, 7:39 AM: That message rang clear in a Monday budget hearing for the state’s education department. Legislators questioned the practical implications of the proposal, warning that it could cost more than the administration predicts >
Report: Philly charter schools serve more affluent, advantaged students than rest of district
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Mar 4, 8:24 AM: Philadelphia’s charter schools serve a more affluent and advantaged population than its traditional public schools, according to a new report by the Education Law Center, which questioned whether the charters are complying >
Proposed law could save Pennsylvania school districts money, but be 'death knell' for cyber charters
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Mar 4, 6:07 AM: Proposed legislation in Harrisburg would save some Lehigh Valley school districts millions of dollars each year in cybercharter tuition, but could leave the online schools in a dire state and hinder school choice for >
In shift from SRC, Philly school board unanimously denies applications for three new charters
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Mar 1, 6:18 AM: The Philadelphia school board on Thursday night unanimously denied three new charter school applications, a vote that seemed to signal a shift from the policies of the old School Reform Commission.
I-LEAD files lawsuit against Reading School District
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Feb 28, 7:17 AM: I-LEAD Charter School has once again had enough of the Reading School District. The latest installment of the saga between the school district and charter school has I-LEAD Inc. filing a lawsuit against the school district >
Bills target cyber costs
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Feb 28, 7:06 AM: Proposed legislation would provide financial relief for school districts but could dismantle the cyber charter industry, officials say.
Philly school board to take its first votes on applications for new charter schools
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Feb 28, 6:41 AM: In its first chance to expand or curb Philadelphia’s field of charter schools, which enroll about one-third of the city’s public-school pupils, the school board is expected to vote Thursday on three new applications. >
Proposed charter school in East Liberty wins appeal fight against Pittsburgh Public Schools
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Feb 27, 7:48 AM: The Pittsburgh Public Schools board should not have nixed a proposed charter school in the city’s East Liberty neighborhood, a state oversight board ruled Tuesday.
Cyber charter school costs are under the microscope
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Feb 25, 8:03 AM: Nonetheless, districts must budget hundreds of thousands of dollars — or millions, in some larger districts — to cover tuition for families who opt to place their children in one of 16 licensed public cyber charter schools >
Boon or ‘black hole’? Pa. private school scholarship program considered for major expansion
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Feb 25, 7:05 AM: A tax-break program that routes millions to Pennsylvania private schools could grow much larger if a new bill becomes law. The proposal has powerful support in the State Senate, but Governor Tom Wolf’s spokesman calls it >
STEAM Academy president to appeal Harrisburg’s charter application denial
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Feb 21, 7:36 AM: Despite a 7-to-0 unanimous vote to deny a STEAM charter application, the president of the academy said she plans to appeal Harrisburg School Board members’ decision. Pennsylvania Charter School law requires the school >
Teacher union president to Harrisburg: Stop lying about senior teacher salaries
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Feb 20, 8:45 AM: At dispute is how the district pays its senior teachers. Some educators said they haven’t had a pay raise in a decade. The association filed a grievance in August 2018.

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