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(Pa. state senator Anthony Williams visits the Patterson Elementary School in Southwest Philadelphia.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Part 4: Ongoing Controversies

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.

11/08/2012

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High Performing Charter Schools

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.

11/07/2012

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Charter School Reform Bill Moving Through Harrisburg

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.

10/17/2012

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Parents Are Asking The SRC To Keep 2 Local Charter Schools Open

Parents at two charter schools under a cloud of scandal are asking the School Reform Commission to keep the charters open.

09/30/2012

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Pennsylvania Auditor General Targets ‘Excessive’ Charter School Spending

Auditor General Jack Wagner says Pennsylvania charter schools are spending a million dollars a day more than necessary.

06/21/2012

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Rent-Free Ride Ending For Kenny Gamble’s Charter School Company

School district officials say Universal Companies will begin paying some operating costs next year at Audenried High School and Vare Middle School, after paying nothing this year.

06/06/2012

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Rep. Chaka Fattah Speaks Out About FBI’s Investigation Of Son’s Finances

Reacting to the FBI raid on the younger Fattah’s posh Center City apartment, and his office space at Shulick’s law firm, Congressman Fattah says, “sometimes a fire alarm goes off, but there is no fire.”

03/06/2012

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Four More Philadelphia Schools In Line To Become Charters

The Philadelphia School District has picked four more poorly-performing schools to be converted to charters.

03/01/2012

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2011 In Retrospect

Advances are being made in education. In 2011, with leadership from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 160 cities have joined in making sure all kids read on grade level by the end of 3rd grade.

12/28/2011

(Gov. Tom Corbett makes announces his proposed school voucher program at a charter school in York, Pa.   Credit: Tony Romeo)

Corbett Seeks Scaled-Back Toehold For State School Voucher Program

Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett is proposing a more modest tuition voucher program as part of a school reform proposal he unveiled Tuesday morning at a charter school in York, Pa.

10/11/2011

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Philadelphia’s ‘Rubber Room’ Schoolteacher Faces Off Against School Board

Hope Moffett, the Philadelphia public school teacher who was once confined to a “rubber room,” is going public again with her criticism of the School District of Philadelphia.

04/14/2011

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SRC Approves Turnover Of 6 Public Schools To Charter Companies

The School Reform Commission has approved a plan to turnover six Philadelphia public schools to charter companies, as part of the superintendent’s effort to turn around its lowest performing schools.

03/17/2011

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Fake Hand Grenade Forces Evacuation Of South Philly Charter School

The incident took place at the Performing Arts Charter School, in the 2600 block of South Broad Street.

10/13/2010

Gov. Rendell To Review Wagner’s Charter School Moratorium

The auditor general said there should be no more charter or cyber-charter schools until the legislature addressed what he believes is an inequitable formula for funding those schools.

10/06/2010

One Philadelphia School is Already Back in Session

The school year has begun in Philadelphia — at one charter school, at least.

08/11/2010

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