SOURCE: CAPITOLWIRE By Peter L. DeCoursey Bureau Chief Capitolwire HARRISBURG (June 3) – The House Education Committee on Monday moved to the floor a sweeping charter school reform package supporters say will move an estimated $80 million a year from charters back to their districts. The committee separately passed legislation containing a three-year moratorium on new […]

Charters wants accountability, transparency

Op-Ed by Dr. Michael Conti CEO, Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School The Observer-Reporter was neither when it penned its op-ed entitled “Wanting public money, but not the accountability.” The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School has been at the forefront of advocating for increased accountability and transparency among charter and cyber-charter schools for longer than a half-decade. Just […]

Governor Corbett Announces Changes at Pennsylvania Department of Education

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Governor Tom Corbett today announced that Ronald J. Tomalis will leave his post as Secretary of Education on May 31 to become Special Adviser to the Governor on Higher Education. Tomalis, who has been with the administration since January 2011, will be responsible for overseeing, implementing […]

Charter Schools offer value, options

Like many parents, I have concerns about my children’s education. This isn’t an indictment of their teachers or school district. However, as an educator, I am astutely aware of the fact that people have different learning styles. What works for one of my students doesn’t always work for another. Public schools have become highly bureaucratized […]

Gov. Corbett Signs HB 2 Into Law

Gov. Tom Corbett on Thursday signed into law House Bill 2 to create a panel to examine special education funding for school districts. Funding for school special education programs is based on an estimate that the average daily enrollment of each school district includes 16 percent of students with special education needs. The law aims […]