A Philadelphia nonprofit says Pennsylvania charter schools would be better off if they were overseen by more than local school boards.
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.
As the year ends, let’s look at what priorities have emerged in education.
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Auditor general Eugene DePasquale says Chester Community Charter School, the state’s largest “bricks and mortar” charter, must address significant deficiencies.
Charter school operators were putting their heads together to help students with learning disabilities after they graduate, and were swapping ideas at a forum at Children’s Hospital.
The Philadelphia School District says it won’t recommend the expansion of any charter schools next year since it is facing a $300 million budget hole.
The Pennsylvania School Boards Association opposes statewide authorizers because they give power to officials far removed from the ground-level effect of their rulings.
Former LEAP Academy employee Mark Paoli alleges that school founder Gloria Bonilla-Santiago used him to do repairs on her home, on the taxpayers’ dime.
The Educational Improvement Tax Credit is promoted as a way to provide a better education for poor children, but public education advocates say it actually takes away tax money that could be used to improve schools.
Expanding the program at a time when the state has slashed public school funding is infuriating public education advocates.
“BLOCS provides scholarships from your business taxes to students who not only want to attend a Catholic school but are most in need,” says one advertisement.
State senator Tony Williams defends the program as similar to the GI Bill, but some of his Harrisburg colleagues see it as improperly favoring closed groups.
The Rocketship charter schools in California use “blended learning,” a combination of traditional teaching with computer-based instruction, to help students from impoverished communities excel.
The state House as soon as today could send Governor Corbett a bill reforming Pennsylvania’s charter schools law. The state Senate passed the measure last evening.