Parents United for Public Education
The avalanche of applications came when the school district ended a seven-year moratorium on new charters, as a condition of receiving funding from a new, $2-a-pack Philadelphia cigarette surtax.
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.
Tired of waiting for answers on how schools can open Monday with overcrowded classes and barely any counselors or support staff, parents are looking at taking matters into their own hands.
The Philadelphia School District’s budget crisis has many families worried as summer draws to a close with the beginning of the school year up in the air. But a parent and education advocate says this is more than just about the $50 million dollars to get schools open on time.