The cost and quality of charter schools is dominating the public education debate in Pennsylvania.
At least a dozen major bills seek better accountability and governance of the alternative schools, which are publicly financed but independently run. Much of the legislation focuses on funding formulas and audits. But some charter backers say what's missing is a provision for independent, statewide authorizers.
They contend such entities can weed out bad apples and ensure the operation of only high-quality charter schools. The Pennsylvania School Boards Association opposes the concept. They say statewide authorizers take away control from local communities.
According to the Chicago-based National Association of Charter School Authorizers, about half of U.S. states have some type of independent commission to sanction charters.
Monday March 10th
Dr. Gabe Mirkin
Dr. Gabe Mirkin on Fitness & Health Facebook page
Dr. Mirkin on Twitter
Tuesday March 11th
Wednesday March 12th
Master Gardener Tom Ford
Leather Lounge Chair
love seat-type, made for 2,
has two seperate sections,
white, 2 years old, from a non-pet,
non-smoking home - $200
Sara, Altoona 381-8008
Nintendo Wii U
new in box, latest edition - $275
Wednesday March 5th
Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission
Fundraising Talent Bank
Deadline for applications March 10th
Alto Model Train Museum Association Scalefest
Sunday March 9th 9am to 2pm