Titusville Herald By Stella Ruggiero Herald Managing Editor Friday, September 23, 2016
Pennsylvania’s auditor general on Thursday issued a report with recommendations to improve accountability, effectiveness and transparency of charter schools, including creating an independent statewide charter school oversight board. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale noted that charter schools are here to stay and thousands of parents welcome the option. “Many outstanding charter schools in the state are doing amazing things for children and offering new ways to learn. However, based on our audits and feedback at meetings across the state, it’s clear that the original intention of the charter school law has not been fulfilled. We owe it to students, parents and taxpayers to re-group and make some fundamental changes to improve oversight and accountability of charter schools in Pennsylvania.” Brick-and-mortar schools are self managed and publicly funded schools that are authorized by local school districts. Cyber charter schools are authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Both can be created by parents, teachers, community leaders, and colleges or universities. They are controlled by an appointed board of trustees. Pennsylvania has more than 84,000 students enrolled in more than 160 brick-and-mortar charter schools and 35,000 students enrolled in 16 cyber charter schools.
Keystone State Education Coalition August 21, 2016
Total cyber charter tuition paid by PA taxpayers from 500 school districts for 2013, 2014 and 2015 was over $1.2 billion; $393.5 million, $398.8 million and $436.1 million respectively. Not one of Pennsylvania’s cyber charters has achieved a passing SPP score of 70 in any of the three years that the SPP has been in effect.
Hazelton Standard Speaker by MARIA JACKETTI / PUBLISHED: SEPTEMBER 22, 2016
Chron by Seanna Adcox, Associated Press Updated 5:53 pm, Wednesday, September 21, 2016
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Legislature must report back to the state Supreme Court next summer on its progress complying with the justices' 2014 order to fix South Carolina's education system. While applauding legislators' "studied and dedicated approach," justices rejected GOP leaders' request last month that the high court end its oversight on the 23-year-old case over adequate funding. "We commend the defendants on their efforts and await, with anticipation, reports on further implementation of the findings and recommendations," the justices wrote in Tuesday's order. "On that note, we opt to continue to monitor the progress towards a constitutionally compliant education system." The high court's latest order also requires rural school districts that initially sued in 1993 to detail their efforts.
Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 5:30 PM
The Crystal Tea Room, The Wanamaker Building
100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA
Honoring: Pepper Hamilton LLP, Signe Wilkinson, Dr. Monique W. Morris
And presenting the ELC PRO BONO AWARD to Paul Saint-Antoine & Chanda Miller
of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
The 2016 Arts and Education Symposium will be held on October 27 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg Convention Center. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Arts Education network and EPLC, the Symposium is a Unique Networking and Learning Opportunity for:
Program and registration information are available here.
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