Charter Pulse

Selected readings on US charter schools

PENNSYLVANIA: Phila. school board approves five new charter schools

Signs were confiscated, protesters were led out by police and both charter school applicants and opponents made last minute appeals on Wednesday evening. At the peak of the testimony, about … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

PENNSYLVANIA Auditor general: Fix charter school law now

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Monday released a special report calling the state’s lack of charter school oversight an “enormous problem” that requires legislative action to fix. The 22-page report … Continue reading

May 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

PENNSYLVANIA: PA charter schools may see drop in funding with new special education formula

PHILADELPHIA — A proposed new formula for special education funding in Pennsylvania will better tailor resources to fit diverse levels of student need, lawmakers say. But some schools might end … Continue reading

May 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

PENNSYLVANIA: Non-Profit 2 Sides Equal Teams Up with Philadelphia Charter School to Foster Creative Thinking

Wyndmoor, PA — (SBWIRE) — 04/29/2014 — Non-profit organization 2 Sides Equal announced today a partnership with Francis D. Pastorius – Mastery Charter School to fund initiatives that promote the … Continue reading

May 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

PENNSYVANIA: A closer look at charter school performance

PHILADELPHIA — Misleading statistics have a tendency to stick. And for education in Pennsylvania, it’s the data suggesting that charter schools underperform compared to district public schools. Rep. James Roebuck … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

PENNSYLVANIA cyber charter schools could be funded by state, not districts

PHILADELPHIA — Instead of relying on payments from each of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts, one state lawmaker says cyber charter schools should be funded directly by the state. State Rep. … Continue reading

April 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

PENNSYLVANIA: Pa. charter school law needs smart reforms

Pennsylvania’s Charter School Law must be updated to reflect what we have learned in the past 17 years about the intelligent and effective operation and oversight of charter schools. Two … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

PENNSYLVANIA: Green Woods Charter School receives national designation as a Model EIC School

Green Woods Charter School, a Philadelphia public charter school located in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia, PA, was recently awarded the national designation as a Model EIC School. What is … Continue reading

March 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

PENNSYLVANIA: More Renaissance charter schools planned for the fall

The Philadelphia School District plans to designate two additional schools, likely K-6 or K-8 elementaries, for conversion to charter schools in September, Deputy Superintendent Paul Kihn said Tuesday, making this the fifth … Continue reading

March 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

PENNSYLVANIA considers empowering universities to authorize charter schools

PHILADELPHIA  — Granting universities the power to authorize charters could strengthen schools in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania. Now, 44 out of 500 school districts in the commonwealth oversee the creation … Continue reading

March 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

PENNSYLVANIA: Do cyber charter schools help or hurt the educational system?

When charter schools were first created in the early 1990s, they were viewed as alternative learning environments for a small number of students. The ideal model was to unhitch these … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

PENNSYLVANIA: Phila. revamps its charter school policy

Amid mounting financial pressure from charter schools, the Philadelphia School District Friday unveiled a revised charter policy proposal that uses a carrot-and-stick approach. The draft calls for giving greater autonomy … Continue reading

February 24, 2014 · Leave a comment


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