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CAPS OriginalWhat You May Have Missed

Demand Charter School’s Accountability!

Watch the conversation that took place about #CharterSchoolaccountability recently when Montgomery County Rep. Steve McCarter; Assistant Superintendent of North Penn, Dr. Diane Holben; and teachers Kitty Semisch and Bill Senavaitis, sat down to discuss the topic.

Said Kitty, “How is it that public schools are under greater and greater and greater scrutiny and charter schools are under increasingly loose regulation? Even financially, we don’t know where their money goes.” Bill echoed her sentiments, wondering, “How much is going toward making a profit vs. educating students?”

“Pennsylvania is actually known to have one of the looser charter school laws in the country,” added Dr. Holben. View the video now and you’ll also learn how a student can actually put as much as $16,000 into the pockets of a cyber school, according to Rep. McCarter. Share this video and join the conversation. Let us know what you think as the Pennsylvania House prepares to take up the issue of charter school oversight.

11Apr
CAPS OriginalWhat You May Have Missed

What impact can Betsy DeVos have on our schools?

What impact could the new Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, have on a variety of initiatives and programs? While she may not have quite as much control of public school systems as expected, she still...

30Nov
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Success Starts Here Campaign

CAPS is proud to announce that we are now part of the statewide campaign – Success Starts Here — that highlights the great things happening in public education across Pennsylvania. Officially...

22Nov
CAPS OriginalKnow The Issues

Where are all the Teachers?

Pennsylvania is facing a teacher shortage and the time to do something about it is now. The number of college students beginning teacher prep programs in the state has dropped by 59 percent in the past...

22Nov
CAPS OriginalEarly Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education is Crucial

Pre-K education is not only foundational for success in school, but paves the way for a fulfilled life and career. With 90 percent of a child’s brain developed by age five, the earliest years of a...

22Nov
CAPS OriginalEducation CommentaryKnow The Issues

Meeting the Needs of Every Student

The U.S. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act guaranteed that students with disabilities could be part of a regular education classroom and curriculum and participate in programs offered to their...

22Nov
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Music Enriches Students in Countless Ways

School music education programs were often eliminated or reduced as a result of budget cuts during the previous administration. But as funds begin to be returned to schools, we strongly advocate for music...

22Nov
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Why Girls Need STEM

One thing is clear about the future – jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) will provide opportunity, a chance to shape the world, and job-stability as society becomes increasingly...

28Sep
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Act 35 Established a Fair Funding Formula

The new school year has brought a welcome change in the way the commonwealth funds schools, thanks to the passage of Act 35 which established a fair funding formula for the 500 districts in the state....

12Sep
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Michener Art Museum Open House to Welcome PSEA/MER Members & Administrators Oct. 13

In celebration of a new collaboration, public school teachers who are members of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, Mideastern Region (PSEA/MER), and school administrators, are invited to be...