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COMMENTARY

Here’s why charter schools in Pa., elsewhere aren’t as ‘public’ as they claim they are | Opinion

BY: - October 1, 2021

Charter schools are not as accessible to the public as they are often made out to be

COMMENTARY

Closures of Black K-12 schools across the nation threaten neighborhood stability | Analysis

BY: - June 29, 2021

Residents of the St. Louis neighborhood known as The Ville have been fighting for years to stop the closing of Charles H. Sumner High School, the oldest historically Black high school west of the Mississippi River.

COMMENTARY

Say no to largest transfer of taxpayer dollars out of public schools in Pa. history | Opinion

BY: - June 11, 2021

PSEA supports high-quality charter and cyber charter schools. That’s why we feel so strongly that there needs to be accountability for charter schools and the boards, administrators, and for-profit management companies that operate some of them.

With a legacy at stake, Gov. Tom Wolf pushes for fair school funding

BY: - June 8, 2021

“Gov. Wolf might be gone in 18 months, but he’s not gonna be forgotten,” Rep. Matthew Bradford, of Montgomery County, the top Democrat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, said. “His legacy is what we do on these school funding issues.”

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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. 

COMMENTARY

During pandemic, cyber charter schools are an important alternative for parents, kids | Opinion

BY: - November 20, 2020

Full-time online schools are an excellent option for families across Pennsylvania – an option that students deserve perhaps now more than ever.

As Democrats aim to flip the House, a top lawmaker took $600K from school choice donor trying to stop them

BY: - October 14, 2020

The No. 2 Democrat in the Pennsylvania House has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars in political donations from a group that’s funded at least $3.5 million in ads targeting vulnerable Democratic colleagues in an election in which control of the chamber is seen as up for grabs. House Minority Whip Jordan Harris, D-Philadelphia, raked […]

‘It’s a different type of campaign that we’re running here’ | 2020 Women Speak Up

BY: - March 11, 2020

This week we talk to Michelle Siegel, a Democrat running in north-central Pennsylvania’s 27th Senate District. She does not have a spring primary opponent, which means she’ll go on to face incumbent Sen. John Gordner, R-Columbia, the Senate GOP whip, who’s held the seat since 2004.

COMMENTARY

It’s School Choice Week in Pa. Don’t buy what its advocates are selling | Opinion

BY: - January 30, 2020

Where are the billionaires printing up signs that proclaim parents’ love for their public schools, or paying to bus us to rallies?

What’s holding up appointments on this powerful state education board?

BY: - December 8, 2019

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh taxpayers have been paying for tens of thousands of dollars in legal bills in still-unsettled dispute.

COMMENTARY

Update Pa’s charter school law to foster innovation, bolster accountability | Opinion

BY: - December 6, 2019

We need transparency in the application process for charters, in the operations of charters, and in the oversight of charters.

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 […]