Charter Schools

School Board of Philadelphia denies two charter school applications
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Mike DeNardo
February 28, 2020 - 10:01 am
The School Board of Philadelphia has yet to approve a new charter school for the district. The board voted down two applications Thursday night, with neither one receiving a single "yes" vote. Read more here.
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The School District of Philadelphia
Mike DeNardo | KYW Newsradio
Mike DeNardo
February 24, 2020 - 7:40 am
The School District of Philadelphia says it's overpaying charter schools for educating students with special needs. At the heart of the issue is the state's formula governing how charters get funding for special education. Read more here.
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Charter school advocates protest governor's budget proposal
Mike DeNardo/KYW Newsradio
Mike DeNardo
February 06, 2020 - 1:11 pm
A few dozen charter school parents and advocates staged a protest outside the governor’s Philadelphia office, asserting their concerns that his budget proposal would allocate far less money for charter schools. Read more here.
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The School District of Philadelphia Headquarters.
KYW Newsradio, file
Mike DeNardo
April 21, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Two charter operators whose applications for new schools were rejected by the school board last month are trying again. The school board in February unanimously turned down charter applications for the Joan Myers Brown Academy by String Theory and the Tacony Academy...
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Dreamstime
Mike DeNardo
February 28, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The school board votes Thursday night on applications for three new charter schools. The board is considering applications for a K-8 String Theory charter in Wynnefield Heights, the Tacony Academy Charter at St. Vincent's and a Frederick Douglass High School. Last...
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Voting Booth
Mike DeNardo
January 27, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A resolution introduced by City Councilman Bobby Henon encourages more Philadelphia charter schools to become polling places on Election Day. The resolution calls on city charter schools to close or change their schedules on election days, so that they can become...
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Actor, musician and activist, Steven Van Zandt, center, supports striking teachers on the picket in front of Hamilton High School in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.
Richard Vogel/AP Photo
January 16, 2019 - 8:00 am
UPDATED: 11:39 a..m. By Christopher Weber, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles teachers union leader hinted of a possible resumption of contract bargaining Wednesday as striking educators in the second largest U.S. school district walked picket lines outside hundreds of schools for a...
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Teachers and supporters hold signs in the rain during a rally Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles.
Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP Photo
January 15, 2019 - 11:50 am
By Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press The setting is different, but the complaints of teachers who are out on strike in Los Angeles are echoing those heard in walkouts nationwide. Unlike protests that closed schools last spring in states including West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arizona, the...
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School bus
Mike DeNardo
September 28, 2018 - 7:46 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The website applyphillycharter.org , which allows parents to apply to 73 charters on one site, launched Friday. It's run by the nonprofit Philadelphia School Partnership, where Mark Gleason is executive director. "Some of these schools get 5,000 applications, 10,000...
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Empty classroom interior with wooden desks and chairs, maps and white board
Jim Melwert
March 23, 2018 - 4:49 pm
NORRISTOWN, PA (KYW NEWSRADIO) — A panel in Montgomery County discussed a recent report that takes a look at what effect rising charter school enrollment is having on school districts in the suburb. The report from Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) questions the cost and performance of...
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