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http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-pa-charter-tomalis-ayp...
Gov. Tom Corbett's education chief changed the PSSA testing rules in a way that makes it easier for charter schools to meet federal benchmarks than traditional public schools.

Education Secretary Ron Tomalis' change, made without federal approval, might have skewed the results of the 2011-12 PSSA scores to make it appear charter schools were outperforming traditional public schools, according to a Morning Call review of publicly available test score data.


I saw this kind of thing coming, and it was one of the factors that led me to retire early.
PF
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So, PucksFool, you are a retired PA teacher?

Thank you for your service! I have already mentioned several times that my daughter is a fairly new teacher who has chosen to teach in a foreign country rather than put up with the problems with our education system. The lack of mentoring for her was probably the worst part. In her last school many of her students said they learned more from her than any other teacher. Many of her students were, of course, problems that she had trouble controlling.

I couldn't be a teacher. I really admire anyone who is or has been one.
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Indiana (the state not the PA city) actually, and if anything it's worse here. Until the public found out the Supt. of Schools' wife was on the payroll of a group pushing for profit charter schools. Even our Teapublican legislature has criticized him for overstepping the law. The courts have slapped him down too.

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Comma alert:
Until the public found out, the Supt. of Schools' wife was on the payroll of a group pushing for profit charter schools.

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Here's Pennsylvania's response to the rigging of charter schools testing rules.

http://articles.philly.com/2012-10-09/news/34343794_1_charte...
A controversial proposal that would deny public access to records of private managers of charter schools has surfaced again in the Pennsylvania legislature after it was rebuffed during the summer.

Disagreement over the proposed exemption to the state's Right-to-Know law was one of the reasons that a package of charter law changes submitted in late June was shelved until this fall.

The proposal was part of a 53-page amendment inserted into a special education funding bill in an effort to get the charter changes passed along with the budget.

It says the Right-to-Know law applies to charters, "except records of vendors of local agencies shall not be accessible." Charter schools are listed as local agencies in the Right-to-Know law. "Vendors" would include private management groups that run charter schools.


PF (This isn't going to end well.)
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