Category Archive: Charter Schools

Support Governor Wolf’s Executive Order to Clean Up Charter Schools

Straight from Network for Public Education Action, take a moment to thank Governor Wolf for his recent initiatives to tackle charter reform. Urgent: Support Pa. Governor’s fight to reform charter schools

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ICYMI – PA Republicans pass massive charter school & school voucher expansion

Form our friends at Education Voters of PA: Last week in the House, Republicans passed four charter school bills. One bill in the package, HB 357, is the Holy Grail expansion bill that the charter industry has been seeking for years. If HB 357 becomes law, charter school expansion will be turbocharged throughout the commonwealth. […]

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ICYMI- New report shows overwhelmingly negative results for PA’s cyber charter students

From Education Voters of PA: MEMO To: Interested Parties From: Susan Spicka, Executive Director, Education Voters of PA Date: June 4, 2019 Re: CREDO’s Charter School Performance in Pennsylvania (2019) report finds overwhelmingly negative results for students in cyber charter schools and mixed results for brick-and-mortar charter schools. Read the full report here. A recent study released […]

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CALL TO ACTION –   Act now to push for necessary change to the Charter Appeals Board (CAB)!

Act now to push for necessary change to the Charter Appeals Board (CAB)! As BASD Proud Parents recently posted, of the Pennsylvania Charter Appeals Board’s 5 active members… ALL are serving long past the end-date of their initial term, and NONE are directly affiliated with or bringing the perspective of traditional public schools to CAB […]

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FYI – This is Not How Democracy Should Work – The Underlying Problem with the Charter Appeals Board

from a recent post on Diane Ravitch’s blog: Recently, the elected School Board of Pittsburgh unanimously rejected a charter school called Catalyst Academy because of concern about its proposed disciplinary policy and its ability to meet the needs of students with disabilities. The School Board’s decision was overturned by the state’s Charter Appeals Board, which was appointed […]

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ICYMI – Stop the Charter School Expansion Bills!

From Our good friends at Education Voters of PA! Last week Republican members of the House Education Committee advanced two charter school expansion bills that deliver the charter school industry’s wish list. We anticipate that the House will vote on these bills in early June. Click HERE to send a letter to your state representative telling […]

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ICYMI–PETITION–End Tom Corbett’s influence over education in PA

From our good friends at Education Voters of Pennsylvania  http://educationvoterspa.org/: Tom Corbett was voted out of office more than four years ago, yet his appointees continue to control the Charter School Appeal Board (CAB), a powerful body that can overturn school board decisions to deny charter school applications and strip communities of control over their […]

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Cyber Charter Funding Reform Needed Now

Recently, our friends at Education Voters of PA issued a report that examines Pennsylvania’s flawed cyber school funding system and provides recommendations for a new system that will more closely match the funding sent to cyber charter schools with the actual cost of providing students with an online education. This proposal would help control property tax […]

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Backpack Full of Cash Screening

You Are Invited to A Free Screening presented by BASD Proud Parents and the Bethlehem Area School District MARCH 21, 6:30pm – 8:00pm  NITSCHMANN MIDDLE SCHOOL Discussion to Follow “BACKPACK FULL OF CASH” DOCUMENTARY – Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor, Matt Damon, BACKPACK explores the real cost of privatizing America’s public schools. Before the 2016 […]

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How a charter school tuition change could cost Pa. districts dearly

This post is a follow up in detail on a previeous article we tweeted a few days ago. By Sara K. Satullo   ssatullo@lehighvalleylive.com,   For lehighvalleylive.com Updated May 1; Posted May 1 Bethlehem Area School District taxpayers are facing another school tax hike that has school board members fired up about Pennsylvania’s charter school funding formula. The school board held a budget workshop Monday night to […]

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