Charter Leader Among U.S. Department of Education's First Principal Ambassador Fellows

A charter school leader is among the U.S. Department of Education's first Principal Ambassador Fellows (PAF).

Sharif El-Mekki of Mastery Charter School - Shoemaker Campus, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is among the program fellows chosen from a pool of more than 450 applicants, according to a Department announcement on December 9, 2013.

Two Charter Schools Awarded $1.1 Million YouthBuild Grants

Two charter schools each received $1.1 million grants as part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s YouthBuild program, which supports “academic and occupational skill training for at-risk youth,” according to an agency announcement June 27, 2013.

The agency awarded the grants to Latin American Youth Center YouthBuild Charter School in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia Youth for Change Charter School in Pennsylvania.

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National Charter School Study 2013

This June 2013 report from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University provides analyses of charter school performance in 25 states and the District of Columbia and New York City, and provides comparisons with traditional public school performance.

Coastal Program - Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This program supports projects "developed strategically, in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) field biologists. The Coastal Program Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding is available to coastal areas within the U.S. portion of the Great Lakes basin which includes parts of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York."

Estimated total program funding is $450,000.

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September 30, 2013
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Shuttered Public Schools: The Struggle to Bring Old Buildings New Life

This 2013 report from the PEW Charitable Trusts focuses on the use of closed public school district buildings in 12 cities. The report notes that charter schools have occupied 42 percent of the surplus buildings in the cities since 2005 and that more than 300 unused sites remain.

Charter Schools Among Winners of New 'Farm to School' Grants

Charter schools are among the recipients of new U.S. Department of Agriculture grants to link school meal programs with local farms.

Engaging Students with Culture and Community: Learning from the Success of Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School

The National Charter School Resource Center hosted a webinar May 23, 2012, which explored the innovative charter school model at Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School (FACTS) in Philadelphia’s Chinatown neighborhood. FACTS serves a very diverse population, including many English language learners, and fosters a deep respect for the cultural and linguistic diversity of their community.

Pennsylvania Charter School Conference

The 2012 Pennsylvania Charter School Conference will be held at the Lancaster Marriot on Penn Square, October 7-9, 2012, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania Opinion Upholding State Secretary of Education Decision on Charter School Funding in an Enrollment Cap Dispute

This April 3, 2012, majority opinion of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania -- involving a Philadelphia charter school, the city school district and the state department of education -- focuses on a dispute about what constitutes a charter school enrollment cap and the obligation to provide additional funding when a cap is exceeded.

2012 Propel Training Institute: Inspiring Achievement

This conference will focus on "transferable practices to inspire achievement in students, teachers, principals and administration." As a result of grant support from the U.S. Department of Education, there is no attendance fee for the conference.

At the conference participants will:

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