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TASB hears charter school plea
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Sep 20, 6:52 AM: Tunkhannock Area School Board heard Thursday from representatives of a group that is potentially interested in starting a charter school in the Mehoopany Elementary School once it is vacated next summer.
Gillingham Charter School wins appeal
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Sep 20, 5:48 AM: On Tuesday morning, at a hearing at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Charter Appeal Board decided to renew the charter for the school based in Pottsville.
Education specialists consider school choice
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Sep 20, 4:44 AM: With the long-fought battle between the Reading School District and I-LEAD Charter School, Reading seems like the perfect place for a discussion on school choice.
New Report On PA Charter School Growth Finds ‘Stranded Costs’ Linger 5 Years Later
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Sep 15, 7:04 AM: A new study finds that expanding the charter school sector in Pennsylvania creates a significant toll on traditional public school systems, which, based on an array of fixed costs, can't downsize at the same rate that >
Crowd pleads for Philadelphia SRC to abolish itself
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Sep 15, 4:52 AM: "Tick, tick, tick, tick," the crowd chanted while holding clocks.   The SRC was put in place 16 years ago to take control away from the Philadelphia School District and put it into the hands of the state. The Coalition of >
Who gains admission to Philly's selective high schools?
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Sep 15, 4:39 AM: Philadelphia’s selective public high schools do not look like other city schools: they have higher percentages of white and Asian students and lower percentages of students living in poverty, learning English and receiving >
Charter schools spin off building ownership to nonprofits, reap money from quirk in state law
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Sep 14, 6:23 AM: SFD's ownership allows Propel to collect around $322,000 in annual lease reimbursements from the state -- money it wouldn’t get if it owned its school buildings. It's an arrangement that had drawn criticism from the >
Study highlights long-term costs of charter school expansion
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Sep 13, 6:30 AM: Pennsylvania school districts may be able to reduce some expenses when more of their students enroll in charters, but they still face significant financial costs long after those students have gone,  a report being >
Former SRC member hired to direct charter-advocacy group
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Sep 12, 6:44 AM: Sylvia Simms, a longtime parent advocate and former member of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission, has been chosen to lead an organization that represents parents seeking more charter schools and educational choice. >
Does Philly's new grading policy level the playing field or lower standards?
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Sep 11, 7:07 AM: For the Philadelphia School District, a new term brings a controversial new grading policy — one that either levels the playing field for students or weakens academic standards, depending on whom you ask. >
Erie Rise gets new home in renovated school
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Sep 11, 5:12 AM: The move, officials said, opened up more space for students and allowed the Erie Rise to redesign its classrooms for all its students, which are in kindergarten through eighth grade. Many of the upgrades are focused on >
Westinghouse Arts Academy charter school opens in Wilmerding
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Sep 8, 6:56 AM: As of last week, 103 students had enrolled in the new high school, principal Amy Heathcott said. The school will occupy the former Westinghouse Elementary School building, which was sold in the spring to RPA Holding >
Reading School Board hears proposal for performing arts charter school
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Sep 8, 6:29 AM: The Reading School Board held a hearing Thursday night for the Berks Charter School for the Performing and Visual Arts, which submitted a charter application to the district in late July. The school has the same founder - >
Group wants to raise $140 million for city's charter, parochial and public schools
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Sep 8, 5:11 AM: The Philadelphia School Partnership, a powerful nonprofit that has raised and distributed $80 million to city charter, parochial and public schools since its inception in 2011, wants to raise $60 million more, it announced >
Community Pushes To Abolish School Reform Commission
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Sep 6, 4:53 AM: A coalition of parents, teachers, community members and students greeted students at an Elementary School in Swampoodle Tuesday morning, looking to gain support for their push to end the School Reform Commission. >
New Chester Charter School for the Arts is called a beacon
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Sep 1, 6:14 AM: The new building with its crimson-red facade advertises CCSA to motorists on nearby I-95 and anchors a redeveloping corner of the economically disadvantaged Delaware County river city. It is one of Chester’s three main >
Pa. charter schools spend millions of public dollars in advertising to attract students
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Aug 30, 5:50 AM: Television ads, radio promotions, social media ads and billboards promoting cyber and brick-and-mortar charter schools are everywhere.
Thackston trying to overcome adversity in new school year
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Aug 29, 5:07 AM: For the first time, students will begin their first day of classes at Helen Thackston Charter School uncertain of completing the school year there. That’s because hearings to revoke the school's charter are likely to begin >
Coatesville schools try 'rebranding' to win back students
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Aug 28, 6:09 AM: With hundreds of students abandoning the Chester County district for nearby charter schools, officials have turned to a strategy that’s more typically associated with McDonald’s or Oldsmobile.
Costs, performance records fuel criticism of charter schools
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Aug 28, 5:42 AM: School districts across the state are struggling to balance budgets and keep up with mandated costs, programs and services public schools are required to provide to charter schools, according to state and federal laws. >

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