Gary Miron, a researcher at Western Michigan University, can still recall the heady early days of the charter school movement, now a quarter-century ago. "Charter schools were supposed to be small, locally run public schools. They were going to be open to all," Miron recalled. "This was a movement to create schools that would be highly accountable to parents and the public. But 20, 25 years later, there are not that many schools left that embody that original intent." Accountability now appears to be the issue that states, charter authorizers (such as local school boards), and even advocates are still grappling with. The stakes — both in terms of student outcomes and public money spent — are exceedingly high. According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, charters are a multibillion-dollar industry now, with nearly 3 million children enrolled in more than 6,800 charter schools in 42 states and the District of Columbia.
WITF Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director | Aug 17, 2016 12:42 PM
(Harrisburg) -- There's good news and bad news for the commonwealth's state government finances. The New York-based Moody's credit rating agency is upgrading the battered rating of a state program that helps school districts get more favorable loan terms by giving a guarantee to repay bondholders. Moody's cited a July law that strengthened the program, even during a budget stalemate like the one that dragged 10 months into the state government's 2015-16 fiscal year. However, an entrenched deficit is still plaguing state finances, and the state Treasury Department says it's providing a $2.5 billion credit line to prevent the state's main bank account from being overdrawn. A draw of $400 million was immediately made. It's the seventh time since the recession it has provided such assistance.
Max Mitchell, The Legal Intelligencer August 17, 2016
The state Supreme Court's decision to side with the Philadelphia teachers' union in holding the Philadelphia School Reform Commission could not cancel an expired collective bargaining agreement may presage the treatment of similar contract disputes in other distressed school districts and municipalities, education and labor attorneys say. A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday in Philadelphia Federation of Teachers v. School District of Philadelphia that collective bargaining agreements for the teachers' union fit into an exception to the commission's contract-cancellation powers. The ruling, which affirmed a decision by the Commonwealth Court, hinged on the meaning of the term "teachers' contracts" in Section 693(a)(1) of the School Code, according to Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor, who wrote the opinion.
REGISTER NOW for the 2016 PA Principals Association State Conference, October 30 - November 1, at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College.
The Early Bird Discount Deadline has been Extended to Wednesday, August 31, 2016!
PA Principals Association website Tuesday, August 2, 2016 10:43 AM
To receive the Early Bird Discount, you must be registered by August 31, 2016:
Members: $300 Non-Members: $400
Featuring Three National Keynote Speakers: Eric Sheninger, Jill Jackson & Salome Thomas-EL
American Public Education Foundation Website
The Star-Spangled Banner will be sung by school children nationwide on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 10:00am PST and 1:00pm EST. Students will learn about the words and meaning of the flag and sing the first stanza. This will be the third annual simultaneous sing-a-long event created by the APEF-9/12 Generation Project. The project aims to bring students together – as the world came together – on September 12, 2001.