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Long-sought charter school changes on the table as Pa. lawmakers plot education funding overhaul

Pennsylvania lawmakers say a court mandate to overhaul public school funding has opened avenues for compromise on charter school reform.

By Katie Meyer/Spotlight PA

Pa. Auditor General DeFoor responds to school district audit criticism

The audit of a dozen districts released this week has drawn the ire of school business experts.
By Sam Dunklau

Pennsylvania approves stronger charter school regulations

A Pennsylvania regulatory board on Monday approved Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to subject charter schools to stronger ethics and accounting standards

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press

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State proposes a charter school accountability plan to save nearly $400 million

State proposes a charter school accountability plan to save estimated $400 million

By Merideth Bucher/WITF

School choice PACs have huge reserves thanks to Jeff Yass, the richest man in Pa.

He’s poised to spend millions of dollars influencing upcoming elections — all while trying to keep his name away from the political spotlight.

By Katie Meyer/WHYY

Pa. superintendents, charter advocates continue to spar over school funding

The advocacy comes as the financial pressure on districts has increased due to a significant boost in charter school enrollment during the pandemic.

By Emily Rizzo/WHYY

Gov. Wolf squares off with GOP by firing charter school appeals board members

The Pennsylvania Charter Appeals Board exists as a place where charter schools can challenge decisions made by their local school boards. But right now, it’s unclear who would hear the appeals.

By Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads

Pennsylvania schools to get $4.9B in federal pandemic aid

School districts must use at least 20% of the money to address learning loss from the pandemic as well as support the “social, emotional, and academic needs of underrepresented students.”

By The Associated Press

Philly’s Black-led charter schools band together for ‘Black Schools Matter’ campaign

From 2014 to 2019, nine of 14 Philadelphia charter schools that have closed or agreed to close if they didn’t meet certain requirements were run by school leaders of color, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. 

By Miles Bryan/Keystone Crossroads

Pa. charter school leader blasts George Floyd protestors, then apologizes

Black students make up the plurality of charter school students in Pennsylvania.

By Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads