Commonwealth Court shows deference to proposed cyber charter school in contracting services with for-profit company

Commonwealth Court shows deference to proposed cyber charter school in contracting services with for-profit company

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Thursday issued an opinion that continued the judiciary’s line of increasing deference to charter and cyber charter schools who contract out the bulk of their services with for-profit companies.

 

The case—Insight Charter School v. Department of Education—stemmed from the denial of a charter application to Insight after the department and, later, the Charter Appeal Board denied Insight’s charter application.

Friday, May 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate unanimously confirms Estelle Richman for spot on School Reform Commission

Senate unanimously confirms Estelle Richman for spot on School Reform Commission

By a 48-0 vote Wednesday afternoon, the Senate unanimously confirmed Estelle Richman for a spot on the School Reform Commission, the state-created oversight body for the School District of Philadelphia.

 

Richman was nominated by Gov. Tom Wolf in October 2016 after two commissioners from the five-member board stepped down. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Press Conference Overview - May 8, 2017

Press Conference Overview - May 8, 2017

Watch an overview of some of the press events held at the Capitol Monday.
Monday, May 8, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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House Democrats have mixed results in amending charter school reform bill

House Democrats have mixed results in amending charter school reform bill

While House Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a package of bills they said would bring equality to the public school system by providing parity between traditional and charter schools, when those proposals were offered as amendments to House Bill 97—the charter reform proposal before the House—they were met with mixed results in altering the bill.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Charter school reform effort gets restarted in House

Charter school reform effort gets restarted in House

For the last several sessions, lawmakers in Pennsylvania have tried—but failed—to enact comprehensive reforms to the commonwealth’s charter school system.

 

Tuesday, that Sisyphean effort was restarted with the House Education Committee approving House Bill 97, vehicle legislation sponsored by Rep. Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland) that he said was akin to legislation that nearly got across the finish line last session in the form of House Bill 530.

 

According to Rep. Reese—the House member whose name has been attached to charter school reform the last two legislative sessions—the bill is aimed at leveling the playing field between charter schools (both brick and mortar and cyber) and traditional public schools.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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