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From rural villages to the gritty streets of Philly, kids displaced by Maria map their emotions
Aug 8, 7:33 AM: Morales began the map project during the school year with children from the Julia De Burgos Elementary School. But when her son, a 17-year-old at Olney Charter High School, told her about the kids displaced by Maria — They >
Wolf, Wagner spar over funding formula as education surges to center of Pa. governor’s race
Aug 2, 5:56 AM: The ad claims Wolf plans to rip money away from rural school districts in order to favor Philadelphia — which the Wolf campaign contended is a complete falsehood. It’s the latest ripple in a wave started a month ago by >
Richard Allen Charter school still looking for renewal
Jul 31, 5:20 AM: Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School (RAPCS) is looking for stability in the city after the now-dissolved School Reform Commission (SRC) voted against renewing its charter.
She says her granddaughter's acceptance to Philly charter was rescinded because of her special-education status
Jul 26, 6:23 AM: Denying admission to a student on the basis of special-education status is illegal, but the nonprofit Education Law Center, says that its staff has seen “a pattern” of such discrimination from charters. >
Urban Youth Leadership Academy fosters lifetime of opportunity
Jul 24, 7:20 AM: The goal of UYLA is to connect students with those opportunities they may not access otherwise and to provide them with the skills necessary to navigate those admissions processes. Bennett said the goal is to create a >
Virtual school opening brick-and-mortar office in Wilkes-Barre
Jul 23, 6:04 AM: Hayden is chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, and the space next door to R/C Wilkes-Barre Movies 14 is being set up as the virtual school’s ninth regional office. “Our goal is to have an >
Opinion: Double standard in measuring performance of Philly public schools
Jul 20, 6:02 AM: We should identify and support good schools; and we should identify and fix — or close — bad schools. And there’s the problem. In promulgating the new Philadelphia Charter School Performance Framework to measure school >
Colin McNickle: Funding not solution for underperforming schools
Jul 19, 7:22 AM: The long proffered claim that Allegheny County’s poorer performing public school districts would deliver better academic results if only they had more funding is laid bare in a new analysis by the Allegheny Institute for >
Column: Is Scott Wagner Harrisburg's 'very worst?' Does Tom Wolf want to kill rural schools?
Jul 18, 5:31 AM: Yes, Wolf said at a June 29 Philadelphia news conference that he’s for pushing all state school funding through a “fair-funding formula” to help poorer, urban districts and growing districts by factoring in tax base, >
Pittsburgh Public Schools partners with Pa. on school improvement plan
Jul 17, 5:30 AM: The district was one of three across the state to participate in the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s school improvement pilot program, a new plan to more closely share state resources with districts that have the >
Pennsylvania candidates for governor seek to capture hearts of rural voters
Jul 13, 5:51 AM: The state GOP accuses Wolf of wanting to end that so-called “hold harmless” enrollment funding method, a change it claims would siphon $1 billion from rural school districts and redistribute it to Philadelphia and other >
Philadelphia and Pittsburgh: five charts and two families at the center of the school choice debate
Jul 10, 6:02 AM: Since the state enacted a charter school law 20 years ago, starkly different trends have played out in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In Philadelphia, school choice has exploded and citywide enrollment has been steady. In >
Local control is here: New Philly school board holds first-ever meeting
Jul 10, 4:36 AM: A crowd that roundly booed the School Reform Commission, the board’s predecessor, seemed to welcome the new governing body with open arms and enormous expectations. The board seemed to distance itself from the SRC, moving >
Gap between rich and poor Pa. school districts has grown, funding lawsuit says
Jul 9, 6:56 AM: Not only has Pennsylvania’s new school-funding formula failed to remedy disparities between wealthy and poor public school districts, the spending gap between such districts has grown, according to a filing Friday by >
The fight for rural schools
Jul 9, 4:18 AM: Recently, Gov. Tom Wolf called for a major change in how public schools are funded in the Commonwealth — a change that would have a devastating impact on students in our local school districts and across rural >
Editorial: Charter school law forces improvements
Jul 6, 6:35 AM: After a slow start due to statewide district resistance, charter schools are coming into their own. If Bensalem and school districts across the county and state don’t want charters siphoning off even more of their >
It takes a long time to close a charter school in Philly. Here's why
Jul 3, 6:54 AM:

For charter schools, “the biggest issue” with the nonrenewal process “is that it creates uncertainty. Uncertainty for parents, uncertainty for staff, uncertainty for the entire school organization,” said Larry Jones, a >

State swamped with requests to sort out charter school payments
Jul 2, 6:06 AM: Fallout from a Commonwealth Court ruling that changed how public school districts calculate tuition payments to charter schools is causing problems for both the charter schools and about 80 percent of Pennsylvania’s public >
For Philly's new school board: Lessons from the SRC's 17 years
Jul 2, 4:38 AM: As the board takes over this month, the Inquirer and Daily News asked former SRC members to reflect on its impact on the city, its schools, and families. They agreed it leaves behind a complicated legacy, thrusting >
Opinion: Local control of schools is finally here, and the real work is just beginning
Jun 29, 6:27 AM: Returning the district to local control was the result of many years of impassioned advocacy from many Philadelphians. We have also reached this point because the district made tough choices during challenging times and >



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