NYC study: 10 years of choice has not altered link between demography, destiny
by Dale Mezzacappa on
Oct 25 2012 Posted
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Philadelphia firmly committed to creating a
of schools as a way to improve outcomes for all students, it seems worthwhile
to take note of a study just released by the Annenberg Institute
for School Reform at . Brown
study found that after 10 years of school choice and expanding high school
"college readiness rates are still largely predicted by the demographics
of a student's home neighborhood." It concludes, "choice has not been
sufficient to increase systemic equity of opportunity." New York City
Clearer explanation of Keystone Exam timetable
Mercury By Evan Brandt email@example.com Posted:
On Oct. 16, The Mercury published an article regarding the upcoming change-over to the Keystone Exams from the PSSA tests, and how it would require this year’s high school juniors to take a test on algebra 1, a subject most juniors took two years ago.
Several of the districts cited have made passing the state’s standardized exams a graduation requirement. However, it will not become a state graduation requirement until 2017.
For purposes of clarification, Tim Eller, press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, provided the following explanation for how the Keystone Exams will be implemented in an e-mail to The Mercury:
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PDE has scheduled four public hearings regarding eight new cyber charter applications for 2012 (see link below). If you are interested in submitting comments please note the following deadline:
who wish to provide comments during the hearing must send the Department and
the applicant a copy of the comments on or before
November 5, 2012.”
NOTICES: DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Application Hearings Cyber Charter
[42 Pa.B. 6648] [Saturday,
October 20, 2012]
Department of Education (Department) has scheduled four public hearings
regarding eight cyber charter school applications that it received on
October 1, 2012.
hearings will be held on Monday, November 26, 2012, Wednesday, November 28, 2012,
29, 2012, and Friday, November 30, 2012, beginning at 9:15 a.m. in
Heritage Room B, lobby level, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA.
The hearings pertain to applicants seeking to operate cyber charter schools beginning in the 2013-14 school year which include: Urban Cyber Charter School, Akoben Cyber Charter School, Mercury Online Charter School of Pennsylvania, Insight PA Cyber Charter School, V3 Cyber Charter School, PA Career Path Cyber Charter School, MB Resiliency Cyber Charter School of Pennsylvania and Phase erica Cyber Charter School. The purpose of the hearings is to gather information from the applicants about the proposed cyber charter schools as well as receive comments from interested persons regarding the applications. The applications can be viewed on the Department's web site at www. education.state.pa.us.
charter applicant will have 30 minutes to present information about the
proposed cyber charter school. Individuals who wish to provide comments during the hearing
must send the Department and the applicant a copy of the comments on or before
November 5, 2012. Failure to comply with this deadline will preclude
the respective individual from providing verbal comments at the hearing. Verbal
comments may be limited based on the number of individuals requesting time to
provide comments and may also be limited if the comments are duplicative or
repetitive of another individual's comments.
hearing will be conducted by the panel of individuals who have completed an
initial review of the applications. The panel members may question the
applicants regarding issues identified during their review, as well as issues
raised in the written comments filed before the hearing date. Panel members may
also question individuals who offer verbal comments. Commentators will not be
permitted to question either the applicants or the panel members. Individuals
who are unable to attend the hearing may also provide the Department and the
respective applicant with written comments on or before
November 19, 2012. Any
written comments provided to the Department by this deadline will become part
of the certified record.
sent to the Department should be addressed to Marlene Kanuck, Bureau of
Teaching and Learning,
Street, 5th Floor, . An agenda will be prepared
after Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333 November
13, 2012, when the Department is aware of the number of individuals
who wish to provide verbal comments at the hearing. That agenda will provide
the order of presentation, as well as specify the amount of time allotted to
each commentator. The agenda will be posted on the Department's web site at
under Public Hearing Notices.
For questions regarding this hearing, contact Marlene Kanuck at (717) 783-9294 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pennsylvania Department of Education
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