Charters in the City

Charters in the City

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More on yesterday’s blog about the Mayor’s Education Task Force, and in particular, the position charters schools hold.  The Task Force wants to emphasize them, but how many are there?

According to the PA Department of Education’s data on charter schools, as of year end 2014 there were ten charter schools located in the Pittsburgh Public School District authorized by the District itself.  The District’s financials list 26 charter schools that are attended by pupils from the PPS including cyber charters, which likely means students might be attending charters outside of the PPS borders.  Based on the 10 total from the state’s data, and with a combined 50 PPS schools (34 elementary, 7 junior/middle, and 9 senior according to the District’s books) there is 1 charter for every 5 PPS school.  Those 10 represent less than 1 percent of all the charters in the state (84 have been authorized by the Philadelphia District).

Perhaps the Task Force report can move charters into the critical part of the mix for parents–after all, two years ago we noted how the PPS wanted to improve relations with the charters, one that was described as “very adversarial” almost like the relation between the City and the PPS when the idea of the City trying to have a say on school closings began.