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All ‘Cyber’ Charters in Pennsylvania Getting Failing Grades, Study Finds

“None of the cyber charter schools met what the (Pennsylvania education) department’s threshold is for acceptable school performance,” notes the organization’s director of policy research.

11/20/2014

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Friends of Charter Schools Rally on North Broad Street

The rally highlighted a new Pennsylvania law that allows charter school operators a direct appeal if their application is turned down by the SRC.

11/11/2014

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At a Philadelphia Charter School, Parental Involvement Includes Baked Goods

Following its successful “Donuts with Dad” program, a K-8 school in Southwest Philadelphia today held a “Muffins with Mom” event.

10/22/2014

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Company Which Runs Several Local Charter Schools Adding Nurses Instead Of Removing Them

A company running several local charter schools is reversing the trend of removing nurses from schools.

10/12/2014

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KIPP Honored By ‘Broad Prize’

The award focuses on urban schools that are closing the achievement gap between minority and low-income students and their white higher income peers.

07/23/2014

(Education activist Helen Gym, standing outside a charter school in Chinatown she helped found.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Phila. Education Advocate Urges Caution Over Amended Pa. Tax Legislation

An amendment attached to the Pa. House bill would give groups who want to open charter schools in Philadelphia the right to appeal to a state board if they get turned down by the School Reform Commission.

07/03/2014

The Walter D. Palmer Charter School, in Northern Liberties.   (File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Pa. High Court Says Phila. School District Off the Hook For Overenrolled Charter

It’s a victory in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for the School District of Philadelphia in its dispute with the Walter D. Palmer Charter School.

05/28/2014

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Sen. Rand Paul Blasts Clintons, Defends Charter Schools On WPHT

Dom Giordano spoke with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.

05/08/2014

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Mastery Charter Schools Holds College Fair For Its 10th-11th Graders

At the college fair at Simon Gratz High School, students attending high schools operated by Mastery Charter Schools had the chance to grill potential institutions about post-secondary opportunities.

05/07/2014

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At Some Schools, Football Not Making The Cut

Analyzing data, Washington Post columnist suggests more vigorous learning at high schools that don’t field a football team.

04/16/2014

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Parents To Decide If Two Under-Performing Schools Will Be Turned Over To Charter Operators

Parents will decide whether two elementary schools — Munoz Marin and Edward Steel — should become Renaissance Charters or remain district-run.

04/02/2014

(Public education advocate Helen Gym testifies before Pennsylvania auditor general Eugene DePasquale and staffer Lisa Wagenseller.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Pa. Auditor General Hears Tales of Charter School Accountability Woes

With more than half of Pennsylvania’s charter schools in Philadelphia, state auditor general Eugene DePasquale came to City Hall for his final statewide hearing on charter accountability.

03/14/2014

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Philadelphia Non Profit Would Like More Charter School Oversight

A Philadelphia nonprofit says Pennsylvania charter schools would be better off if they were overseen by more than local school boards.

02/27/2014

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Senate Bill Would Give Colleges Authority To Approve Charter Schools In Pennsylvania

Part of a bill pending in the Pennsylvania senate would give universities the authority to approve new charter schools. But one non-profit says there’s no evidence that would improve student performance.

01/29/2014

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Educational Advancements In 2013

As the year ends, let’s look at what priorities have emerged in education.

01/01/2014

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