PA House Takes Another Crack At Charter Schools

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — The state legislature is returning to one of its toughest recurring issues–charter school reform. Among the provisions laid out in the latest omnibus proposal to get onto the House floor are a standardized application process for schools seeking charters, more consistent school performance rubrics, and an extension of the charter review period from five to ten years. As often happens, public school and charter school advocates are divided on it. Ana Meyers, executive director for the state Coalition for Public Charter Schools, said the proposal needs work. In particular, she opposes a $27 million funding cut for online-only charters.

Education Specials Explore Math Corps and Charter Schools

It All Adds Up from American Public Television
IT ALL ADDS UP profiles the teachers and students of Wayne State University’s Math Corps, a groundbreaking organization that partners struggling middle and high-school students from Detroit’s public schools with collegians, who help teach vital math and life skills the kids need to succeed. After 16 years, the program’s results speak volumes: more than 90 percent of Math Corps’ students graduate from high school and more than 80 percent attend college. Produced by Academy Award-winning director Sue Marx, the documentary features engaging and heart-warming interviews with alumni and current campers who testify to the life-changing impact of the Math Corps. Watch Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 6:00am on WSKG-TV


Outside The Box from American Public Television
Amid controversy, charter schools – free public schools funded by tax dollars – first opened in the United States 20 years ago, largely in response to low graduation rates and the failure of schools to better prepare students for higher education and the job market. Today, charter schools make up an increasing percentage of the U.S. educational landscape, with approximately 5,000 schools in 41 states.


Elmira Charter School Hunts For A Building

Charter schools are one of the issues expected to consume the New York State Legislature this year. Finding a building is one major hurdle charters face statewide. Elmira’s Finn Academy, the Southern Tier’s second charter school, is scheduled to open in August and still doesn’t have a building. Three buildings are on the academy board’s short list: the former Ernie Davis Middle School, Elmira’s Federal Building — also known as the old post office — and what used to be Iszard’s Department Store. Finn Academy’s Maggie Thurber recently took the school’s board on a tour of the former department store.