Cyber Charter Schools en Auditor General Calls For Greater Oversight Of Charter Schools <p>From the creation of Pennsylvania’s charter school law in 1997 to today there has been greater public school choice in the state, and many charter schools are doing a good job. That’s one of the positives noted in PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s audit of charter schools.</p><p>But DePasquale said there are still many challenges in the charter school system. His audit recommends increased accountability, transparency and effectiveness of charter schools and includes a recommendation to create an independent statewide charter school oversight board.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 19:26:53 +0000 Deanna Garcia 29086 at How Is Your School Spending Its Money? The Answer Could Soon Be Online <p>How are Pennsylvania school districts spending your tax money?</p><p>SchoolWATCH, a bill aimed at answering that question, was approved by the House of Representatives Monday.</p><p>It would direct the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to create a website displaying the revenues and expenditures of traditional public, charter and cyber school districts in the commonwealth.</p><p>The legislation’s author, Representative Jim Christiana (R-Beaver), said they want to create an “easy-to-use” database.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:43:39 +0000 Jessica Nath 22810 at State Lawmaker Works to Improve Charter, Cyber Charter Schools <p>A Pittsburgh-area state lawmaker wants charter and cyber charter schools to be regulated as strictly as public schools.</p><p>Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) introduced a package of legislation that aims to address issues with charter and cyber charter schools’ accountability, teacher certification and the need for high quality pre-kindergarten.</p><p>If passed, Brewster’s legislation would halt the State Charter School Appeal Board and the Department of Education from approving a new charter or cyber charter school.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 21862 at Charter School Groups Fighting Funding Reducing Proposals <p>Charter school groups are giving bad grades to legislative proposals that would reduce what they receive in funding from their local school districts.</p><p>One of the more tense exchanges in a recent state House committee hearing on proposals that would mean less funding for charter and cyber charter schools came during a back and forth on the quality of the education provided at the publicly-funded, privately-run schools.</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 17:31:58 +0000 Mary Wilson 3382 at