Tuesday, November 8, 2011

With 8 out of 12 cybers in corrective action why are we considering opening 7 more?

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 Good luck to those of you on the ballot today  Hope you get whatever you wish for.  Polls open at 7:00 – vote early and often….LAF


Of 12 PA cyber charters -
only 2 made AYP for 2011
while 8 were in corrective action status

Chart summarizes data from PA Dept. of Educations PSSA/AYP reporting website.

NCLB AYP Status - School Improvement Options and Information

Schools that do not make AYP for two consecutive years are identified as a School In Need of Improvement.  In year one of School Improvement, the school must develop an improvement plan and offer school choice.

In year two, the school must offer Supplemental Educational Services (SES) in addition to school choice.

In year three, the school district must implement one or more of a list of corrective actions. A restructuring plan is developed when the school or district has not made AYP for a total of 5 consecutive years.



With 8 out of 12 cybers in corrective action why are we considering opening 7 more?  LAF

Hearing Regarding Seven New Cyber Charter School Applications Nov. 29th and Dec. 1st



Posted: Mon, Nov. 7, 2011, 3:00 AM

Pennsylvania charter-school funding is not passing the test

By Dan Hardy, Inquirer Staff Writer

Bensalem School District business manager Jack A. Myers says the state shouldn't wait to address charter-school funding.

Legislation that the Pennsylvania Senate passed in October called for several changes in charter-school law, including establishing a state committee to study charter-school funding and issue a report by Nov. 30, 2012.

Jack A. Myers, business manager of Bucks County's Bensalem School District and a longtime critic of the state funding formula for district payments to charters, said lawmakers should not wait that long.



Posted: Mon, Nov. 7, 2011, 3:00 AM

Inquirer Editorial: Should Pa. expand vouchers?

No, they will hurt public schools

Advocates for school vouchers in Pennsylvania want us to believe that vouchers are the best way to help students escape failing public schools.

But they are a shortsighted fix for lousy public schools. If approved, struggling schools would face even more problems.

The state Senate has narrowly approved a measure to provide taxpayer-funded tuition vouchers in 143 of the state's worst-performing schools.

So far, the response from the House has been lukewarm, and the bill could face an uncertain future. Letting it die would be in the best interest of public schools.



Posted: Mon, Nov. 7, 2011, 3:00 AM

"Would you send your child to a school where failure and mayhem are the rule?"

ANOTHER VIEW Those trapped in failing schools need help.

By Dawn Chavous, Executive Director, Students First PAC

The Pennsylvania Senate recently passed school reform legislation that includes important charter school reforms; an expansion of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit, which provides scholarships to low- and middle-income families; and a limited school voucher program. If passed by the state House, this legislation stands to rescue thousands of children from Philadelphia's worst-performing and most violent schools.



Use Education Voters PA website to contact your PA State Representatives asking them to oppose taxpayer funded vouchers:

For more info/background -  PSBA's Tuition Voucher Issue Page

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