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Charter Schools

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Police: Teen Tried to Smuggle Gun Into North Philly School

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a teenage boy who attempted to bring a gun into a North Philadelphia charter school one day […]

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Philly Charter School Teacher Charged With Corruption of Minors

This is a developing story. Philadelphia charter school teacher Erik Way was arrested on Wednesday and charged with corruption of minors. According to court records, […]

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Report: Here’s How Much Philly Schools Pay When Kids Leave for Charters

The Philadelphia School District pays almost $5,000 in continuing costs when a student leaves to attend a charter school, according to a new report referenced in the […]

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Pa. House Bill Would Push Philly to Expand Charter Schools

A bill in the Pennsylvania House would require the School District of Philadelphia to open at least 3,000 charter school seats a year. 

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Philly Charter School Had 9,190 Applicants for 96 Spots

By all accounts, MaST Community Charter School is a success. The Philadelphia school opened in 1999, and eventually consolidated all its grades into an old […]

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Pa. Senator Draws Ire for Comment on “Inner City” Students

A Pennsylvania senator and Education Committee chair has drawn criticism from some Democrats after he claimed students in some “inner city” neighborhoods need “less intensive” […]

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Pa. Department of Education Ramping Up Charter School Oversight

The Pennsylvania Department of Education will create a new branch specifically geared toward overseeing the state’s charter schools, Governor Tom Wolf announced yesterday.

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John Oliver Blasts Philly Charter Schools on Last Week Tonight

In the most recent episode of “Last Week Tonight,” host John Oliver takes a swing at Philly charter schools.

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Social Media Threat Closed Tacony Academy Charter School in Wissinoming Today

UPDATE: Tacony Academy Charter School in Wissinoming is open today, according to a message from the school’s CEO and principal. “We are putting additional security […]

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PA Goes Easy on Charter Schools, But So Do Most States

This year, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission has moved to close four charter schools for poor academic performance. That’s unusual, and controversial. Locally and across […]

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Former String Theory Charter Schools Superintendent Sues for Discrimination

In 2012, the readers of the South Philly Review chose Gail Avicolli from the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School (PPACS) as the “Best Principal in […]

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Op-Ed: Philly’s Charter School System is Falling Apart

(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from City Council candidate Helen Gym.) “As long as the music is playing, you’ve got to get up […]

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How to Find the Best Philadelphia School for Your Child

The move to the ’burbs used to be almost automatic for Philadelphians with means — families of all races picked up and left the city […]


Op-Ed: 3 Huge Problems With Philly Mag’s Take on Charter Schools

Last week, Philadelphia Magazine weighed in on String Theory Charter School’s $55 million purchase of the former GlaxoSmithKline building in Center City. In an age […]


The Weekly Brief: How 83 Aliens Are Voting in Philly

1. There Are Dozens of Adarians Registered to Vote in Philly The gist: Ever heard of Adarians? Oh, you haven’t? Weird. They’re a “species of bipedal humanoids from the […]