Federal report on charter schools elicits more calls to revise Pa. law
WHYY Newsworks BY KEVIN MCCORRY OCTOBER 17, 2016
Some charter schools operate like islands — day-to-day they run independently of any higher or centralized power. Others contract with a management organization — sometimes part of a big network, sometimes not. Sometimes for-profit, sometimes not. It's these charter management organizations, or CMOs, that have been criticized recently by the Office of the Inspector General inside the U.S. Department of Education. In a September report, the OIG warned that CMOs pose a "significant risk" to both taxpayer dollars and performance expectations. The report studied 33 CMOs in six states and found that two-thirds were cause for concern, with internal weaknesses that put federal tax dollars at risk. Pennsylvania was one of the states investigated, and the report echoed much of what Pa. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has already flagged about CMOs in the state.
Education Dive By Tara García Mathewson | October 17, 2016
School districts in and around Reading, PA, send between $163,615 and $4.5 million to virtual charter schools each year, based on the number of students that attend these alternative schools, and area superintendents are demanding change. The Reading Eagle reports Lower Marion School District in Chester County spends about $13,000 more per student than Conrad Weiser School District, even though students from both districts attend the same charter school, a key point of contention in the funding debate. Pennsylvania’s virtual charters are criticized for low student performance, though these schools’ leaders say that is a reflection of the types of students who turn to them — but even the heads of cyber schools say they would approve of a new formula based on actual spending, rather than one that takes into account the home district’s average per-student costs.
By Sara K. Satullo | For lehighvalleylive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on October 18, 2016 at 6:18 PM, updated October 18, 2016 at 7:23 PM
Bethlehem Area School District enrollment is up for the first time in a decade, and the district seems to have stemmed the flow of students to charter schools. Superintendent Joseph Roy noted it is only 102 students, not a huge number for a district enrolling almost 14,000, but it is a good trend. Bethlehem is entering its second year of full-day kindergarten and the district saw kindergarten enrollment rise over 900 for the first time since 2012. Overall, 51 more students are enrolled in charter schools this year. But Bethlehem's effort to start its own cyber academy seems to have paid off because 45 fewer students are enrolled in cyber charter schools and many signed up with the district, Roy said.
Pennsylvania high court limits release of home addresses
AP Published: October 18, 2016
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