- More than two-thirds of online charter schools had weaker overall academic growth than similar brick-and-mortar schools. In math, 88 percent of online charters had weaker academic growth than their comparison schools.
- On average, online charter students achieved each year the equivalent of 180 fewer days of learning in math and 72 fewer days of learning in reading than similar students in district-run brick-and-mortar schools.
- As a group, online charters are characterized by high student-to-teacher ratios, low student engagement, and high student mobility.
- Online charters frequently offer limited opportunities for live contact with teachers and a relative paucity of supports for families, despite high expectations for parental involvement.
- From funding to enrollment to oversight, states are failing to keep up with the unique policy challenges that online charters present.
Mayor Nutter's exclusion of Democratic primary winners Allan Domb and Helen Gym in his endorsement of City Council candidates ("Nutter's backing hits a nerve," Oct. 21) illustrates the paradox of his using reform rhetoric while practicing preservationist politics. Domb and Gym, through their respective business, education, and community endeavors, have established records of leading by example and creating new kinds of politics and public policies in the areas of local taxes, public schools, and jobs. Such freely given public-service efforts helped to establish credibility in the minds of many, resulting in their candidacies for at-large seats.
Teachers in the Peters Township School District will walk off the job at 7 a.m. Wednesday after failing to reach a contract agreement Tuesday with negotiators for the district. “I am very disappointed with the union leadership's decision to strike,” district Superintendent Jeannine French said. “This will not bring us any closer to resolution, and the decision to strike will only hurt our children and families.” Paul Homer, a staff representative for the Peters Township Federation of Teachers, confirmed that the union's 200 teachers, counselors, librarians and nurses would strike, but declined to comment further. The teachers' contract expired Aug. 31.
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House Majority Leader Rep. Dave Reed, (717) 705-7173
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