Philadelphia Charter Schools

(Protesters gather outside the Philadelphia office of Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane, near 12th and Chestnut Streets in center city.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Activists Say Phila. Charter Schools Are Rife With Fraud And Regulators Aren’t Watching

Today, they brought their complaints to the doorsteps of the Pennsylvania attorney general and the School Reform Commission.

12/08/2014

School District of Philadelphia. (credit: Steve Patterson)

Speculation Of New Philadelphia Charter Schools Has Operators Recruiting Families

Now that the Philadelphia School District has accepted applications for new charter schools, charter operators are revving up the pressure to get new schools approved. Some are already recruiting families for schools that may never exist.

11/24/2014

(Palmer Charter High School, in the former St. Bartholomew School.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Palmer Charter High School Shuts Down Suddenly, Leaving Students Hamstrung

Students arriving at a troubled Philadelphia charter high school Monday morning were told to go home, and informed that the school will be closing for good.

10/27/2014

The Walter D. Palmer Charter School, in Northern Liberties.   (File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Pa. High Court Says Phila. School District Off the Hook For Overenrolled Charter

It’s a victory in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for the School District of Philadelphia in its dispute with the Walter D. Palmer Charter School.

05/28/2014

Charter School CEO's outside City Hall (Credit: Paul Kurtz)

Charter School CEO’s Join Call For City Council To Approve 1% Sales Tax Extension

Officials representing several dozen Philadelphia charter schools gathered outside City Hall Thursday to call on City Council to approve a one-percent sales tax extension.

04/04/2014

(Michael Slade, following his acquittal, outside the federal courthouse in Philadelphia.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

2 Charter School CEOs Cleared in Philadelphia Fraud Case

Acquitted were Michael Slade (pictured) and Courteney Knight. The jury continues deliberating the fate of their co-defendant, Dorothy June Brown.

12/19/2013

West Philadelphia High School

Choosing A High School This Fall

Choosing a high school for 8th graders is tough in Philadelphia; this year it’s harder than ever. But there is help.

10/15/2013

SchoolBus

Selecting A School

GreatPhillySchools.org includes information and ratings on over 400 public, charter, private and parochial schools in Philadelphia.

11/20/2012

SchoolBus

Making High School Choices

The race is on for Philadelphia’s public school 8th graders. By November 2nd they must select five high schools and starting September 19 applications will be accepted.

09/18/2012

(Graphic by Ed Fischer)

Philadelphia Charter School Head Charged In Massive Fraud Scheme

Dorothy June Brown, the founder of three charter schools in the Philadelphia area, is named with four others in a 62-count indictment alleging they defrauded the government of $6.5 million.

07/24/2012

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