On October 11th 2015, The Chester County Daily Local News ran the following article: Auditor General DePasquale says 561 schools overlooked by PDE “ Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said his recent performance audits of the Pennsylvania Department of Education show the department did not provide adequate assistance to 561 academically challenged schools with 310,000… Read More

On Tuesday, August 25th, 2015, Judge Chad Kenney of the Court of Common Pleas in Delaware County, PA ruled against Chester Upland School District’s demand to keep $24 million with which it reimburses charter schools as funding and in favor of the continuing existence and operation of 22 PA Charters and 8 Cyber Charters that… Read More

The following data are cited as indicative of the impact and presence of charter schools across the United States. According to the “Charter School Enrollment” page on the National Center for Educational Statstics’s website (http://nces.ed.gov/), 42% of all students in Washington, D.C. (31,600 students) attend charter schools. Eleven states have 5-10% of their students population… Read More

In a NewsWorks article entitled “Pa. school leaders brace for impact of state test declines on parents, students, teachers,” education writer Kevin McCorry reports that more rigorous PSSA tests are resulting in a dropping proficiency rate for Philadelphia elementary- and middle-school students. McCorry explains that significant drops are occurring on English and Math tests: “Elementary and… Read More

On August 10th, 2015, HR 432 was introduced and referred to the House Education Committee regarding the compensation provided to PA charter-school administrators. HR 432 directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a comprehensive study to determine how such compensations compare to district-run schools’ compensations in Pennsylvania and other states’ that offer charter education.… Read More

Dr. Jim Scanlon, Superintendent of West Chester Area School District, gave a speech regarding standardized testing (find below) at the House Education Committee Hearing on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015. In his testimony, Dr. Scanlon discusses the 21st-century pressures that PA’s K-12 community faces, such as PSSAs, Keystones, social media, and academic standardization. This community includes… Read More