Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Thursday's event is the first of many.
This week, the Frank Sarris Public Library will be offering a special event for Valentine's Day—a party for exclusively for homeschool students and cyber-school families. Library Director Peggy Tseng said the the library is striving to establish a strong, working relationship with the local homeschool community and noted that this party is the first in a series of events planned for homeschool students and cyber-school families. The party will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. this Thursday, Feb. 14, and families are invited to call the library at 724-745-1308 to register. Children may bring their own valentines to share or make some at the library. Each child is asked to bring a shoebox to make a mailbox for the valentines. Older children …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Canonsburg Middle School Principal Greg Taranto made a presentation about charter schools to the board of directors Monday—and explained pending legislation regarding them should be watched closely.
Dr. Greg Taranto stressed to the Canon-McMillan School Board earlier this week that when it comes to charter schools and pending legislation to reform them: “We have to start speaking up.” Taranto, principal of the Canonsburg Middle School, on Monday updated the board on Senate Bill 1115—one advocates have said will reform charter schools and allow school choice. But Taranto reiterated: “There’s not much reform going on.” After explaining the concept of so-called “brick and mortar” charter schools and cyber charter schools, the administrator laid out a few concerns he said he had about the pending legislation. If passed, he said the way in which charters are approved would change, among other things. Taranto said that under current state …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Dr. James Hanak of Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School responds to a letter written last week by Canon-McMillan School Director Joseph Zupancic.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Editor, Joseph Zupancic’s letter to the editor in the Canon-McMillan Patch, titled “Cyber, Charter Schools Failing to Make the Grade,” posted Oct. 10, was inaccurate and ignored important and basic facts about Pennsylvania’s cyber charter schools. The writer’s statement that only one cyber school out of 12 made Adequate Yearly Progress according to the 2011-2012 PSSA results is incorrect. Our school, Pennsylvania Leadership (cyber) Charter School, was one of 92 charter schools and one of at least three cyber charter schools that achieved AYP status this past school year. Adequate Yearly Progress remains a difficult goal, as our school is graded in 28 different categories, including special education, English as a second language, low …
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Neshannock Township School District is offering its own online learning academy to compete with other nonprofit and for-profit cyber charter schools.
Reasons vary as to why people decide to enroll their children in cyber schools. For some, it's to avoid disciplinary and behavior problems they feel are rampant in the brick-and-mortar school. Others feel their child is not thriving in public school and choose cyber school instead of charter, private or parochial options. Regardless of the reason, almost 30,000 students in Pennsylvania are being served by cyber schools, according to the Commonwealth Foundation. Cyber schools remain controversial, though, in terms of real student success, costs and the money they drain from public schools. Neshannock Township School District, located just north of New Castle, seems to have come up with a way to keep that money in-house while still providing…
Friday, June 8, 2012
A roundup of the week's top stories.
Here are this week's top stories from the Patch sites in our region: Councilman Threatened With Shotgun Assault, Trespassing Charges Against Former Highmark CEO Withdrawn Tax Dollars Pay for Cyber Charter School Ads Dormont Teacher Wins Golden Apple Award