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Can you feel the love?

Two weeks ago PennCAN, along with eight brick-and-mortar charter schools, hosted a breakfast for city, county and state policymakers to engage in an open dialogue about the role of charter schools in Allegheny County. We’ve hosted a similar event in years past, but the conversation was different this time. Rather than focusing on the charter operators and educators, we wanted to elevate the voices of parents who chose charter schools.

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Are school districts the newest bully on the playground?

How school districts are strong-arming charter schools

Each year around this time a handful of new charter schools are begrudgingly approved by their local school districts. Last week the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published a story about a new performing arts charter school approved by the East Allegheny School District that caught my attention. What I found intriguing was the support that the local district showed the charter.