(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 School.

Writing for the Court, Senior Judge Colins says the charter was properly denied for “failure to meet state academic performance requirements.”

The Court strongly affirms the use of PSSA standards to determine proficiency, and potentially, to revoke a charter’s license in the future. 

The Court’s decision also allows for considering local school district performance in revoking a charter.

“If school district schools are achieving better academic results, even if those results are also below state standards, nonrenewal of the charter will place students in schools that better satisfy state educational requirements,” writes Senior Judge Colins.

Full story: Commonwealth Court denies charter school’s appeal Ben Allen, witf, 4/8/14



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