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In response, Pennsylvania’s education secretary said Gov. Wolf has plans to address the funding disparity between rich and poor school districts.
Governor-elect Tom Wolf stopped by to help volunteers as part of a King Day of Service event at the Downey School, in Harrisburg.
“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.
Seven Philadelphia parents say the Pennsylvania Department of Education has violated its duty to look into allegations of “curriculum deficiencies” in Philadelphia schools.
Last month, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published a story questioning whether the time Tomalis spent on the job and his “ambiguous role” justified his nearly $140,000 state salary.
Pennsylvania law requires elementary and secondary schools to hold 180 days of classes. Many districts are struggling to fit them in after being closed for so many snow days.
Carolyn Dumaresq, Pennsylvania’s acting secretary of education, says some of the money will be used to create 50 “Local Early Childhood Education Innovation Zones” to serve the lowest performing elementary schools in the state.
There are 15 online “cyber” charters in Pennsylvania now, and six operators have applied to the state education department to run new ones.
The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia says it has precedent that shows it could work: the Chester-Upland budget crisis.
State senator Andrew Dinniman, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, says the Education Department is overstressing the tests despite an earlier understanding with lawmakers.
Critics cite a number of weaknesses with the state’s existing cyber charter schools, and oppose any new ones.
Thanks to a giveaway, nearly a thousand needy students in the Philadelphia school district who didn’t have a backpack or basic supplies now have them.
All signs on Thursday were pointing to a potential settlement of a lawsuit filed several months ago by the Chester Upland School District against the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
With cheating scandals in the headlines, Philadelphia schoolteachers will not be allowed to administer a key standardized test to their own students.
The Pennsylvania Education Department has shot down a request from the Chester-Upland School District for an advance on state funding the district says it needs to meet payroll after the end of the month.