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(April 22) Report: Let’s learn from the 1 in 6 high-performing Pa. charter schools; Roebuck plans bill to address $1.8M in overpayments, plus delayed payments around Pa.

Text from Press Release PHILADELPHIA, April 21 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, today released a new report showing that about one in six charter schools in Pennsylvania is high-performing. The report also addresses … Continue reading »


(April 21) PA cyber charter schools could be funded by state, not districts

By Maura Pennington | PA Independent PHILADELPHIA — Instead of relying on payments from each of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts, one state lawmaker says cyber charter schools should be funded directly by the state. State Rep. Jim Christiana, R-Beaver, says he wants … Continue reading »


(April 8) Commonwealth Court denies charter school’s appeal

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Apr 8, 2014 9:49 AM (Harrisburg) — In a decision posted this morning, the Commonwealth Court has affirmed the York City School District Board of Directors’s decision to revoke the charter for New Hope Charter … Continue reading »


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(April 23) Survey connects education, economic development & needed change in State support for public schools

Text of Press Release 4/22/2014, Scroll down for links to news articles written about the Poll. Public opinion describes disconnect between current policies and Pennsylvania’s needs. NEWS RELEASE HARRISBURG (April 22, 2014) — At a time when the state’s economy is … Continue reading »


(April 23) A Guide to the Many Phases and Faces of Race to the Top

By Alyson Klein on April 23, 2014 10:01 AM   Race to the Top started out as a competition among states that agreed to embrace certain K-12 education redesign principles—but it didn’t stay that way. The program has gone through a dozen iterations … Continue reading »


(April 18) In PA schools, movement to keep school librarians on the books

Written by Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief | Apr 17, 2014 3:20 PM Things may be looking up for school libraries in the commonwealth. Researchers say school libraries across Pennsylvania are still lacking the proper resources, but staffing levels may be increasing in … Continue reading »


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