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(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

Stigall Show Log 9.24.13

Chris details the latest efforts by Republicans to defund Obamacare, Comedian Louis C.K’s case against smart phones, and what could be the end of Roy Halladay’s time with the Phillies. He also talks to Comedian Jimmy Shubert.

Talk Radio 1210 WPHT–09/24/2013

(Chester Community Charter School.  Image from web site)

Pa. Auditor-General Issues Scathing Report on a Chester Charter School

Auditor general Eugene DePasquale says Chester Community Charter School, the state’s largest “bricks and mortar” charter, must address significant deficiencies.

08/21/2013

(Ron Harvey of Mastery Charter Schools.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Charter Operators Developing Post-Graduation Strategies For Students With Disabilities

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.

06/04/2013

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Budget Crisis Stops Expansion Of Charter Schools In Philadelphia

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.

04/28/2013

(Second graders are already hard at work at First Philadelpha Charter School.  Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Is Pennsylvania Ready For Statewide Charter Authorizer?

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association opposes statewide authorizers because they give power to officials far removed from the ground-level effect of their rulings.

03/24/2013

(LEAP Academy founder Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, second from left, takes part in a ribbon-cutting event in Camden in 2012.  File photo from LEAP Academy.)

Camden, NJ Charter School Founder Accused of Retaliating Against Employee

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.

02/04/2013

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Part 1: The EITC — What Is It?

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.

11/08/2012

Susan Gobreski, of Education Voters of Pennsylvania.   File photo by Pat Loeb)

Part 2: Who’s Hurt by the EITC?

Expanding the program at a time when the state has slashed public school funding is infuriating public education advocates.

11/08/2012

(Construction is underway on a new building on the campus of the Agnes Irwin School, in Rosemont, Pa.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Part 3: Who Benefits From It?

“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.

11/08/2012

(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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