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Time is running out for Wolf to repopulate shorthanded charter school appeals board

BY: - March 28, 2021

During his six years in office, Wolf has not nominated a single member to the powerful appeals panel, whose appointed members can overturn decisions by locally elected school board directors. 

Saved by the bell? Phone call confusion scuttles state board’s vote on Reading charter school

BY: - February 25, 2020

An arts-based charter school that’s fought a years-long battle to open its doors in Reading may live to see another day, despite vocal concerns from Pennsylvania’s top education official that it can’t ensure transparent contracts or complete “the most rudimentary” components of a charter application.    The Berks Charter High School for Performing & Visual Arts, […]

Management companies don’t have the same rights as charter schools, appeals board rules

BY: - January 15, 2020

A powerful state board ruled on Tuesday that charter management companies, the private entities that primarily operate charter schools in southeastern Pennsylvania, don’t have the same rights as their charter school clients to challenge decisions by locally elected school boards. The decision that the six-member Charter Appeals Board handed down at its monthly meeting in […]

Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera.

‘Bizarre’ circumstances have a charter school appeal stuck in limbo in Harrisburg, with taxpayers footing the bill

BY: - October 22, 2019

On three separate occasions since June, two teams of lawyers from Pittsburgh have traveled to Harrisburg to argue the same exact case before a powerful state board. And on three separate occasions, the board has told the lawyers the same exact thing: It doesn’t have enough members to render a legitimate verdict. “We’re like Bill […]


Charter school cap efforts are gaining momentum. Here’s why | Analysis

BY: - March 10, 2019

A number of states are considering laws to put charter school growth on pause, saying they drain resources from public schools. A school finance expert explains the logic behind the efforts.

Fate of former Corbett official’s charter school lies with ex-colleagues

BY: - March 4, 2019

During her year-and-a-half stint as Pennsylvania’s top education executive, Carolyn Dumaresq oversaw hundreds of charter schools across the state. Last month, though, she hit a stumbling block in her quest to open one of her own. Dumaresq’s application to open a charter school in the Harrisburg City School District was rejected by the local school board […]