Scholarships could lift SC school dedicated to real-life, hands-on learning

Posted By Mary C. Tillotson On November 7, 2013 @ 4:00 am

Part 24 of 126 in the series Educating America [1]

By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org

Gillian Barclay-Smith, a headmaster at a local school for special needs students, wanted to be done with administrative work.

“My intention was when I left there, I’d write,” she said. “Then, one parent called me and said, ‘This is my kid,’ and another parent called and said, ‘Can you work with my kid?’”

Then, Columbia College, where she had taught some classes, called her.

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FUNDING: Tax-credit scholarships will be a huge relief to families at the Barclay School in Columbia, S.C.

“They said, ‘We hear you’re going to start a school,’ and I said, ‘That’s news to me.’ They said, ‘If you were, what about a house on our campus?’”

And the Barclay School was founded.

At Barclay, the five students and two teachers’ aids, all with special needs from Down Syndrome to dyslexia, do as much hands-on, real-life learning as Barclay-Smith, head of the school, and Edith Bailey, assistant head, can fit into the day.

Academic learning is tied to a purpose. Writing lessons include letters to invite speakers to the school — and follow-up thank-you notes. Science lessons take place in the school’s garden. The students go on frequent field trips.

Droppings from the school’s rabbits turned into fertilizer provided math lessons and a lucrative fundraiser [3].

“It gives him more than the typical school, sit at a desk seven hours and go home,” said W.C. Hoecke of his son Karl, 19-year-old with Down syndrome. “They get a lot more hands-on and to see what the rest of the world is like.”

The school runs “organically,” Barclay-Smith said, with a focus on the children and freedom from burdensome regulations.

“We wanted somewhere where we could move at the pace of the children, a school that was entirely child-focused and the social, emotional and academic came into play,” she said.

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INTEGRATED: The Barclay School focuses on the academic, social, and emotional growth of children with special needs.

Tuition at the Barclay School is $15,000, but this year the average family receives enough financial aid from the school to pay less than half the tuition cost.

Salaries are the first to go when money gets tight, Barclay-Smith said, even though she and Bailey have advanced degrees.

“We are vastly underemployed in the eyes of the economy,” Bailey said. “We feel like what we’re doing is really critical for these kids, and we feel like the money is better spent when the child is young than to pay for disability on the other end.”

South Carolina recently passed a budget proviso [5] permitting tax-credit scholarships, a school choice program in which people and businesses can receive tax credits for donations to scholarship granting organizations. Those organizations, in turn, provide financial support for families of special needs children if they choose a private school.

The scholarship program will be available for the first part of 2014, but it’s expected to be renewed for another year, or enshrined in law.

Those scholarships would reduce the financial burden on the school by freeing some of the funds the school had been directing toward financial aid.

“Oh my word, it will impact us hugely,” Barclay-Smith said. “We’re worrying about money every day, how to keep doing this. If the money part of everything were to be taken out of the equation, it would be wonderful, because then we could just focus entirely on the kids.”

“We turned away probably five kids since school started,” Bailey said. “Even though we’ve given parents enormous financial aid, we can’t take any of them for nothing.”

Some parents are working two jobs, she said, and they are already working on the tax-credit scholarship paperwork for next year.

“To have extra scholarship money, it would help us keep going, but it would take a lot of the burden off the special needs folk who are already stretched,” Barclay-Smith said. “If you have special needs kids, you need therapy, you need medication. It would impact all of us in the special needs community.”

Her hopes for the school include expanding “Bunnies Brew,” the fertilizer fundraiser, into a small business in which adults with special needs could work and still participate in the school’s activities.

HANDS ON: Students at the Barclay School take an integrated approach to education. [6]

HANDS ON: Students at the Barclay School take an integrated approach to education.

Barclay-Smith said her school’s model would be easy to reproduce, as long as the school is run by teachers who care about their students.

“You talk about public education is failing and what to do, and the solution is often to pour tons of money into it,” she said. “We do need the money. God knows we need the money, but I don’t think we need quite that amount. We set this up in a little house.”

“What’s important is the teachers. You have to be passionately interested in what you’re doing, and everything else goes from there,” she said. “This model is reproducible. We have a very high dropout rate in South Carolina, and I truly believe if more kids had a model whereby it wasn’t just their academic needs were met, but their social and emotional, too, I think it’s a model that just works.”

Contact Mary C. Tillotson at mtillotson@watchdog.org

Part of 126 in the series Educating America [1]
  1. Arizona mom won’t give up on special needs kids, no matter what state says [9]
  2. Reviving a 1970s lawsuit, DOJ would keep black students in failing schools [10]
  3. Relocating sexually abusive teachers would be more difficult under Pennsylvania bill [11]
  4. DOJ backpedals on Louisiana voucher lawsuit [12]
  5. Court says charter schools won’t pay for Atlanta’s pension debts [13]
  6. Biggest education impact from shutdown? Furloughed bureaucrats [14]
  7. Appeals court upholds Arizona school choice program [15]
  8. Indiana’s voucher program expands; diversity a factor in one family’s choice of school [16]
  9. ‘Vouchers don’t do much good for students’ claim is false [17]
  10. NYC mayor’s race could affect school choice [18]
  11. Vermont public school goes independent, raises ire from state bureaucracy [19]
  12. Arizona education savings accounts aren’t vouchers, study says [20]
  13. Legal institute fights Alabama union’s attempt to repeal school tax credit [21]
  14. Experts: School choice improves education in public schools [22]
  15. SC school-choice program helps special needs kids, could expand [5]
  16. DOJ wants Louisiana parents out of voucher lawsuit [23]
  17. U.S. House passes bill to prevent ‘passing the trash’ [24]
  18. ‘Non-traditional’ journalists barred from viewing tax-funded test results early [25]
  19. New center hopes to help charter schools help kids with special needs [26]
  20. Charter school advocate to Philadelphia schools: Listen to parents [27]
  21. $45 million not enough for Philadelphia teachers’ union [28]
  22. Study: Rhode Islanders support school choice [29]
  23. Study: Choice would help failing Chicago schools [7]
  24. Scholarships could lift SC school dedicated to real-life, hands-on learning
  25. Parents make good school choices, study says [8]
  26. Divisive charter school reform bill headed toward vote in PA [30]
  27. In Louisiana school voucher lawsuit, DOJ changes gears [31]
  28. Opponents sue Washington to overturn charter school law [32]
  29. School choice proponents’ challenge? Educating parents [33]
  30. Judge: Federal oversight may not hamper school voucher program [34]
  31. PA lawmakers push to amend tight teacher furlough policies [35]
  32. College ready: A Milwaukee inner-city school success story [36]
  33. Proposed economic furloughs could slay sacred cow of seniority in Pennsylvania schools [37]
  34. What is Massachusetts doing right? [38]
  35. Goldwater to appeal Louisiana school voucher decision [39]
  36. Want to end poverty? Educate the kids [40]
  37. Breakdown in Philly schools not only about the money [41]
  38. North Carolina scholarship program on firm legal footing, attorney argues [42]
  39. Philadelphia school district threatens charters [43]
  40. Belief in student ability key to success at Milwaukee charter school [44]
  41. Three things to know about Philadelphia’s school budget: Debt, pensions and safety [45]
  42. Choosing to sue: Here’s a look at some 2013 lawsuits involving school choice [46]
  43. Philly charter schools outperform district counterparts [47]
  44. California students sue state over ineffective teachers [48]
  45. Study: Public supports parent choice in education [49]
  46. Under new management, Philly Renaissance Schools show growth [50]
  47. New Orleans tops school choice index [51]
  48. AZ to consider four school-choice expansion bills [52]
  49. Florida family ‘blessed’ to be apart of scholarship program [53]
  50. PA lawmakers put education at top of agenda in election year [54]
  51. Louisiana: Feds ‘more interested in skin color than … education’ [55]
  52. Charter school for Philadelphia foster children will not be renewed [56]
  53. Governor ties proposed PA education funding to targeted grants [57]
  54. WA’s first charter school serves children, families of ‘extreme poverty’ [58]
  55. Vermont attempts to take independence from independent schools [59]
  56. Philly stumbles on way to simplifying enrollment system [60]
  57. Plan for Philly schools keeps charters in check [61]
  58. Missouri ballot initiative would increase funding for public, private schools [62]
  59. New York charter school focuses on family, community [63]
  60. NC school vouchers on hold [64]
  61. WI voucher bill would help special needs students denied open enrollment [65]
  62. Philadelphia schools will end another year in red [66]
  63. PA universities expect state, students to pick up tab on rising tuition [67]
  64. Two ESA bills get House support in AZ [68]
  65. Thousands rally to support New York charter schools [69]
  66. California’s defense begins in Vergara trial [70]
  67. Accountability or overregulation? Charter supporters split over Minnesota bill [71]
  68. PA considers empowering universities to authorize charter schools [72]
  69. Bill would make Florida students eligible for scholarships [73]
  70. To test or not to test? Florida school choice proponents split [74]
  71. Philly school district broke, but the pay is good [75]
  72. Philadelphia charter school sues public school district [76]
  73. Colorado Supreme Court to hear school voucher case [77]
  74. Vermont to reconsider education funding formula [78]
  75. Arizona Supreme Court allows school choice program to stand [79]
  76. Massachusetts charter school bill revived [80]
  77. Quality schools matter more than racial integration, black leaders say [81]
  78. FL again takes up school-choice bill [82]
  79. Choice Media’s videocast tackles host of education issues [83]
  80. Ending teacher seniority rules beyond Philly requires legislative action [84]
  81. New website helps Detroit parents choose schools [85]
  82. Philly schools caught on funding merry-go-round [86]
  83. Louisiana bill would coordinate school choice programs [87]
  84. New D.C. charter school lottery eases but doesn’t eliminate waiting lists [88]
  85. Federal bill attempts to help replicate high-quality state charter schools [89]
  86. Philadelphia schools awaiting taxes from city, state [90]
  87. ACLU alleges discrimination in 138 NJ districts [91]
  88. MN anti-bullying bill could have unintended consequences [92]
  89. Mississippi’s special needs bill to return next year [93]
  90. Illinois considers three-year ban on virtual charter schools [94]
  91. Violent Philly high school source of worry [95]
  92. Auditors examining troubled Philadelphia school district [96]
  93. Civil liberties organization sues to overturn anti-bullying law [97]
  94. Legal conflict over teacher seniority in Philly heats up [98]
  95. Academics, culture help mom choose private school [99]
  96. PA cyber charter schools could be funded by state, not districts [100]
  97. Arizona expands school choice program [101]
  98. The sticky statistic of statewide charter school performance in PA [102]
  99. Louisiana offers new vocational technical program [103]
  100. Benefits are driving high personnel costs in Philadelphia schools [104]
  101. Educators look to grow with expanding Hispanic demographic [105]
  102. Philadelphia flexes muscle over charter schools [106]
  103. Philly school district facing another bleak budget [107]
  104. Andre Agassi dedicates Indianapolis charter school [108]
  105. For PA and neighboring states, school spending and graduation rates don’t add up [109]
  106. At long last, PA school buses could be getting a boost [110]
  107. Arizona charter schools need funding fix, proponents say [111]
  108. Progress reports for Philadelphia schools show uneven achievement [112]
  109. Teachers union opposes ‘Bad Teachers’ [113]
  110. Governor’s plans to boost education funding falls short [114]
  111. Georgia’s school-choice program draws legal challenge [115]
  112. Missouri parents want more choice in education [116]
  113. U.S. lawmakers to consider charter school bill [117]
  114. Florida’s school choice expansion awaits governor’s signature [118]
  115. PA charter schools may see drop in funding with new special education formula [119]
  116. In Nevada, your child’s school records could cost $10K [120]
  117. AG, lawmakers propose similar updates to PA charter school rules [121]
  118. NC school voucher program gets temporary green light [122]
  119. Philly school district’s lack of transparency frustrates families [123]
  120. Bullying motivates many parents to home-school, attorney says [124]
  121. Philadelphia City Council gambles to fund schools [125]
  122. PA Supreme Court pushes forward charter school’s lawsuit against Philly [126]
  123. Feds consider joining school choice game [127]
  124. Florida’s new school choice law likely to spark others [128]
  125. California teacher reform lawsuit sparks copycat, more likely to come [129]
  126. School choice is popular — when parents know about it [130]
  127. What can private schools learn from charters? [131]

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[1] Educating America: http://watchdog.org/series/educating-america/

[2] Image: http://watchdog.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/11/Barclay_group.jpg

[3] lucrative fundraiser: http://thebarclayschool.org/bunniesbrew.html

[4] Image: http://watchdog.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/11/barclay_catwork.jpg

[5] recently passed a budget proviso: http://watchdog.org/112320/sc-school-choice-program-helps-special-needs-kids-could-expand/

[6] Image: http://watchdog.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/11/barclay_clay.jpg

[7] Study: Choice would help failing Chicago schools: http://watchdog.org/114652/choice-chicago-schools/

[8] Parents make good school choices, study says: http://watchdog.org/115905/parents-make-good-school-choices-study-says/

[9] Arizona mom won’t give up on special needs kids, no matter what state says: http://watchdog.org/106956/arizona-empowerment-scholarships/

[10] Reviving a 1970s lawsuit, DOJ would keep black students in failing schools: http://watchdog.org/107099/reviving-a-1970s-lawsuit-doj-would-keep-black-students-in-failing-schools/

[11] Relocating sexually abusive teachers would be more difficult under Pennsylvania bill: http://watchdog.org/107730/relocating-sexually-abusive-teachers-would-be-more-difficult-under-pennsylvania-bill/

[12] DOJ backpedals on Louisiana voucher lawsuit: http://watchdog.org/107931/doj-backpedals-on-louisiana-voucher-lawsuit/

[13] Court says charter schools won’t pay for Atlanta’s pension debts: http://watchdog.org/108070/charter-schools-atlanta-pension-debt/

[14] Biggest education impact from shutdown? Furloughed bureaucrats: http://watchdog.org/108270/biggest-education-impact-from-shutdown-furloughed-bureaucrats/

[15] Appeals court upholds Arizona school choice program: http://watchdog.org/108633/appeals-court-upholds-arizona-school-choice-program/

[16] Indiana’s voucher program expands; diversity a factor in one family’s choice of school: http://watchdog.org/108901/indianas-voucher-program-expands-diversity-a-factor-in-one-familys-choice-of-school/

[17] ‘Vouchers don’t do much good for students’ claim is false: http://watchdog.org/109580/vouchers-dont-do-much-good-for-students-claim-is-false/

[18] NYC mayor’s race could affect school choice: http://watchdog.org/109726/nyc-mayors-race-could-affect-school-choice/

[19] Vermont public school goes independent, raises ire from state bureaucracy: http://watchdog.org/110206/vermont-public-school-goes-independent-raises-ire-from-state-bureaucracy/

[20] Arizona education savings accounts aren’t vouchers, study says: http://watchdog.org/110369/arizona-education-savings-accounts-arent-vouchers-study-says/

[21] Legal institute fights Alabama union’s attempt to repeal school tax credit: http://watchdog.org/111115/legal-institute-fights-alabama-unions-attempt-to-repeal-school-tax-credit/

[22] Experts: School choice improves education in public schools: http://watchdog.org/112121/experts-school-choice-improves-education-in-public-schools/

[23] DOJ wants Louisiana parents out of voucher lawsuit: http://watchdog.org/112755/doj-wants-louisiana-parents-voucher-lawsuit/

[24] U.S. House passes bill to prevent ‘passing the trash’: http://watchdog.org/113092/u-s-house-passes-bill-prevent-passing-trash/

[25] ‘Non-traditional’ journalists barred from viewing tax-funded test results early: http://watchdog.org/113178/non-traditional-journalists-barred-viewing-tax-funded-test-results-early/

[26] New center hopes to help charter schools help kids with special needs: http://watchdog.org/113359/new-center-hopes-help-charter-schools-help-kids-special-needs/

[27] Charter school advocate to Philadelphia schools: Listen to parents: http://watchdog.org/113580/charter-schools-offer-alternative-philadelphia-families/

[28] $45 million not enough for Philadelphia teachers’ union: http://watchdog.org/113637/philadelphia-teachers-union/

[29] Study: Rhode Islanders support school choice: http://watchdog.org/114090/study-rhode-islanders-support-school-choice/

[30] Divisive charter school reform bill headed toward vote in PA: http://watchdog.org/116714/charter-school-reform/

[31] In Louisiana school voucher lawsuit, DOJ changes gears: http://watchdog.org/116761/louisiana-voucher-doj-change/

[32] Opponents sue Washington to overturn charter school law: http://watchdog.org/117785/washington-charter-school-law-sued/

[33] School choice proponents’ challenge? Educating parents: http://watchdog.org/117544/word-out-school-choice/

[34] Judge: Federal oversight may not hamper school voucher program: http://watchdog.org/117987/doj-louisiana-school-voucher/

[35] PA lawmakers push to amend tight teacher furlough policies: http://watchdog.org/118517/pa-teacher-furlough/

[36] College ready: A Milwaukee inner-city school success story: http://watchdog.org/118513/hope-christian-school/

[37] Proposed economic furloughs could slay sacred cow of seniority in Pennsylvania schools: http://watchdog.org/118703/pa-teacher-seniority/

[38] What is Massachusetts doing right?: http://watchdog.org/118763/high-standards-transparent-accountability-and-school-choice-are-keys-to-massachusettss-pisa-success/

[39] Goldwater to appeal Louisiana school voucher decision: http://watchdog.org/119048/goldwater-to-appeal-louisiana-school-voucher/

[40] Want to end poverty? Educate the kids: http://watchdog.org/119077/education-poverty/

[41] Breakdown in Philly schools not only about the money: http://watchdog.org/119207/philly-schools-money/

[42] North Carolina scholarship program on firm legal footing, attorney argues: http://watchdog.org/120320/nc-scholarship/

[43] Philadelphia school district threatens charters: http://watchdog.org/120318/philly-charters/

[44] Belief in student ability key to success at Milwaukee charter school: http://watchdog.org/120876/student-ability-milwaukee/

[45] Three things to know about Philadelphia’s school budget: Debt, pensions and safety: http://watchdog.org/121163/philadelphia-school-budget/

[46] Choosing to sue: Here’s a look at some 2013 lawsuits involving school choice: http://watchdog.org/121391/school-choice-lawsuits-2013/

[47] Philly charter schools outperform district counterparts: http://watchdog.org/121760/philly-charter-schools/

[48] California students sue state over ineffective teachers: http://watchdog.org/122324/california-students-sue/

[49] Study: Public supports parent choice in education: http://watchdog.org/122675/public-support-choice/

[50] Under new management, Philly Renaissance Schools show growth: http://watchdog.org/122962/renaissance-schools-philly/

[51] New Orleans tops school choice index: http://watchdog.org/123270/school-choice-index/

[52] AZ to consider four school-choice expansion bills: http://watchdog.org/123434/arizona-school-choice/

[53] Florida family ‘blessed’ to be apart of scholarship program: http://watchdog.org/122856/florida-scholarship-program/

[54] PA lawmakers put education at top of agenda in election year: http://watchdog.org/123873/education-election-pa/

[55] Louisiana: Feds ‘more interested in skin color than … education’: http://watchdog.org/124176/louisiana-skin-color/

[56] Charter school for Philadelphia foster children will not be renewed: http://watchdog.org/124418/charter-foster-children/

[57] Governor ties proposed PA education funding to targeted grants: http://watchdog.org/127933/pa-grants/

[58] WA’s first charter school serves children, families of ‘extreme poverty’: http://watchdog.org/128226/first-charter-school-serves-children-families-extreme-poverty/

[59] Vermont attempts to take independence from independent schools: http://watchdog.org/128628/vermont-independent-schools/

[60] Philly stumbles on way to simplifying enrollment system: http://watchdog.org/128811/universal-enrollment/

[61] Plan for Philly schools keeps charters in check: http://watchdog.org/129395/philly-plan-schools/

[62] Missouri ballot initiative would increase funding for public, private schools: http://watchdog.org/129460/missouri-school-choice/

[63] New York charter school focuses on family, community: http://watchdog.org/129522/new-york-charter-school-focuses-family-community/

[64] NC school vouchers on hold: http://watchdog.org/129815/nc-school-choice/

[65] WI voucher bill would help special needs students denied open enrollment: http://watchdog.org/130039/wi-students-denied/

[66] Philadelphia schools will end another year in red: http://watchdog.org/130001/philadelphia-schools-feb/

[67] PA universities expect state, students to pick up tab on rising tuition: http://watchdog.org/130450/pa-universities/

[68] Two ESA bills get House support in AZ: http://watchdog.org/130629/arizona-house-esa/

[69] Thousands rally to support New York charter schools: http://watchdog.org/130985/new-york-charter-schools/

[70] California’s defense begins in Vergara trial: http://watchdog.org/131228/california-vergara-trial/

[71] Accountability or overregulation? Charter supporters split over Minnesota bill: http://watchdog.org/131521/minnesota-charter-school-bill/

[72] PA considers empowering universities to authorize charter schools: http://watchdog.org/131757/charter-school-authorizer/

[73] Bill would make Florida students eligible for scholarships: http://watchdog.org/131744/florida-scholarships/

[74] To test or not to test? Florida school choice proponents split: http://watchdog.org/132582/school-choice-test/

[75] Philly school district broke, but the pay is good: http://watchdog.org/132881/philly-district-pay/

[76] Philadelphia charter school sues public school district: http://watchdog.org/133090/charter-sues-district/

[77] Colorado Supreme Court to hear school voucher case: http://watchdog.org/133414/colorado-school-voucher/

[78] Vermont to reconsider education funding formula: http://watchdog.org/133633/vermont-education-funding/

[79] Arizona Supreme Court allows school choice program to stand: http://watchdog.org/133941/school-choice-arizona/

[80] Massachusetts charter school bill revived: http://watchdog.org/134629/massachusetts-charter-schools/

[81] Quality schools matter more than racial integration, black leaders say: http://watchdog.org/134954/black-leaders-school/

[82] FL again takes up school-choice bill: http://watchdog.org/135191/fl-takes-school-choice-bill/

[83] Choice Media’s videocast tackles host of education issues: http://watchdog.org/135395/lawsuit-overspending-charter/

[84] Ending teacher seniority rules beyond Philly requires legislative action: http://watchdog.org/135500/teacher-seniority-pa/

[85] New website helps Detroit parents choose schools: http://watchdog.org/135808/school-choice-media/

[86] Philly schools caught on funding merry-go-round: http://watchdog.org/136086/philly-funding-april/

[87] Louisiana bill would coordinate school choice programs: http://watchdog.org/136233/louisiana-school-choice/

[88] New D.C. charter school lottery eases but doesn’t eliminate waiting lists: http://watchdog.org/136254/dc-charter-lottery/

[89] Federal bill attempts to help replicate high-quality state charter schools: http://watchdog.org/136514/federal-bill-attempts-help-replicate-high-quality-state-charter-schools/

[90] Philadelphia schools awaiting taxes from city, state: http://watchdog.org/136705/school-tax-philly/

[91] ACLU alleges discrimination in 138 NJ districts: http://watchdog.org/136787/aclu-alleges-discrimination/

[92] MN anti-bullying bill could have unintended consequences: http://watchdog.org/137238/mn-anti-bullying-bill-unintended-consequences/

[93] Mississippi’s special needs bill to return next year: http://watchdog.org/137514/ms-special-needs/

[94] Illinois considers three-year ban on virtual charter schools: http://watchdog.org/137849/illinois-virtual-charter-ban/

[95] Violent Philly high school source of worry: http://watchdog.org/137995/violent-philly-school/

[96] Auditors examining troubled Philadelphia school district: http://watchdog.org/138355/state-audit-philly/

[97] Civil liberties organization sues to overturn anti-bullying law: http://watchdog.org/138625/sues-anti-bullying/

[98] Legal conflict over teacher seniority in Philly heats up: http://watchdog.org/138956/philadelphia-seniority/

[99] Academics, culture help mom choose private school: http://watchdog.org/138771/tennessee-mother-school/

[100] PA cyber charter schools could be funded by state, not districts: http://watchdog.org/139607/pa-cyber-charter/

[101] Arizona expands school choice program: http://watchdog.org/139927/arizona-school-choice-2/

[102] The sticky statistic of statewide charter school performance in PA: http://watchdog.org/140032/statewide-charter-school/

[103] Louisiana offers new vocational technical program: http://watchdog.org/140459/louisiana-vocational-technical/

[104] Benefits are driving high personnel costs in Philadelphia schools: http://watchdog.org/140494/benefits-philly/

[105] Educators look to grow with expanding Hispanic demographic: http://watchdog.org/140856/educators-look-grow-expanding-hispanic-demographic/

[106] Philadelphia flexes muscle over charter schools: http://watchdog.org/140963/charter-schools-april/

[107] Philly school district facing another bleak budget: http://watchdog.org/141256/philly-budget-april/

[108] Andre Agassi dedicates Indianapolis charter school: http://watchdog.org/141339/andre-agassi-charter-school/

[109] For PA and neighboring states, school spending and graduation rates don’t add up: http://watchdog.org/141566/pa-graduation-rates/

[110] At long last, PA school buses could be getting a boost: http://watchdog.org/141770/pa-buses/

[111] Arizona charter schools need funding fix, proponents say: http://watchdog.org/141982/arizona-charter-schools/

[112] Progress reports for Philadelphia schools show uneven achievement: http://watchdog.org/142343/progress-reports/

[113] Teachers union opposes ‘Bad Teachers’: http://watchdog.org/142729/teachers-union-opposes/

[114] Governor’s plans to boost education funding falls short: http://watchdog.org/142858/shortfall-education-pa/

[115] Georgia’s school-choice program draws legal challenge: http://watchdog.org/142980/georgia-school-choice/

[116] Missouri parents want more choice in education: http://watchdog.org/143264/missouri-parents-choice/

[117] U.S. lawmakers to consider charter school bill: http://watchdog.org/143535/federal-charter-school/

[118] Florida’s school choice expansion awaits governor’s signature: http://watchdog.org/143754/florida-school-scholarship/

[119] PA charter schools may see drop in funding with new special education formula: http://watchdog.org/144041/pa-special-education/

[120] In Nevada, your child’s school records could cost $10K: http://watchdog.org/144081/nevada-school-records-10k/

[121] AG, lawmakers propose similar updates to PA charter school rules: http://watchdog.org/144202/auditor-charter-pa/

[122] NC school voucher program gets temporary green light: http://watchdog.org/144721/school-choice-voucher/

[123] Philly school district’s lack of transparency frustrates families: http://watchdog.org/145066/transparency-philly/

[124] Bullying motivates many parents to home-school, attorney says: http://watchdog.org/145101/public-school-bullying/

[125] Philadelphia City Council gambles to fund schools: http://watchdog.org/145550/gamble-philadelphia/

[126] PA Supreme Court pushes forward charter school’s lawsuit against Philly: http://watchdog.org/145856/lawsuit-school/

[127] Feds consider joining school choice game: http://watchdog.org/147626/federal-school-choice/

[128] Florida’s new school choice law likely to spark others: http://watchdog.org/155758/florida-school-choice/

[129] California teacher reform lawsuit sparks copycat, more likely to come: http://watchdog.org/156980/teacher-reform-lawsuit/

[130] School choice is popular — when parents know about it: http://watchdog.org/157993/school-choice-popular/

[131] What can private schools learn from charters?: http://watchdog.org/158738/private-school-charter/

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