North Penn Board Says No to Charter Schools

Three separate organizations filed applications to form charter schools within the boundaries of North Penn School District. The Reporter's Jen Lawson broke the story of the board's denial of all three applications

No charter schools coming to North Penn School District.

That's the consensus following votes by the school board Tuesday night, after its members denied three separate charter school applications, according to Jennifer Lawson of The Reporter.

Lawson reported that each of the three applicants will appeal.

The three applicants seeking charter schools in the district were:

  • Montgomery Flex Charter School
  • Education for New Generations 
  • North Penn Charter School Collaborative

Montgomery Flex is the only one of the group that went through this process before. Its initial application was denied by the school board, as it did not favor the cyber aspect of the school's curriculum.

According to The Reporter, Montgomery Flex proposed opening at Hillcrest Shopping Center. Education for New Generations eyed a space at 100 Commerce Drive in Montgomery Township.

North Penn Charter School Collaborative is planned as a branch of the Souderton Charter School Collaborative in Souderton, according to the article.

Learn more of Lawson's story on this topic at The Reporter Online. Follow Lawson's Twitter and Facebook.

Parentfirst February 15, 2013 at 07:07 PM
D, Funds do go with the child to the charter school. But the expenses stay behind with the district. Just because the money goes to the charter school, your child's teacher is still teaching the class your child would have been in. The bus still runs the same route. The custodians still clean the same classroom. The electric, heat, and water are still the same. The principal and other support staff remain the same, along with all of the other factors. Look at the district's web site under finances and you can see how a charter school is an additional financial burden. The fact is, and at least Montgomery Flex was honest enough to admit this, charters expect the districts to save money by eliminating district jobs. Their theory is that an entire class room will flock to the charter school, and you can then get rid of that teacher. But as I'm sure you realize, not everyone from your child's class would leave. That leaves the staff member in place, no savings. As for choice, if you don't want your child to attend a NP school, or in particular the elementary school in your area, you can ask for a residential transfer which in essence puts your child in another NP elementary school. That is a free choice. If you are against public schools, you also have the choice to attend a non-public school. Examples: Gwynedd Mercy, Corpus Christi, and many more. Yes, there is an additional tuition for non-public schools, but you still have the freedom of choice.
Parentfirst February 15, 2013 at 07:16 PM
You cannot judge the attendance of the meeting either way as support for or opposition against. That has not held up in PA courts in the past. You have to realize that an area the size of NP, covering as many municipalities as it does, having only student's families and a few business owners signing a petition or "pre-registering" barely even represents 2% of the NP population. Kind of hard to prove community support and therefore the applications should have been denied in addition to the other deficiencies pointed out. If families want a non-public school education for their children, they are free to do so (aka school choice). There are dozens of them in this area.
yahoo February 26, 2013 at 06:20 PM
if anybody is interested in appeling this, you may want to contact souderton charter school collaborative (type this into google to get contact info) ASAP. FYI: I dont work for them - i am just a parent who supports charter school.
Elizabeth Kettle March 05, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Having worked in several charter and public schools before and since my long-term substitute experience at SCSC, I can honestly say that the Souderton school provides, a superlative education. It strikes that difficult-to-reach balance of serving the "whole child" while never giving short shrift to academic achievement - the latter claim being a matter of record. Moreover, it offers a culture of inclusiveness, which is difficult to establish, regardless of a school or district's written policies. While my overall professional experiences with charter schools has left me sorely disillusioned with the movement in general, I can honestly say that I wish that my own children could have attended SCSC. A similar school in North Penn area would only be a positive option for families!
Elizabeth Kettle March 05, 2013 at 05:29 PM
A student at SCSC would be alert for subject - verb agreement errors. Please note that I should have written "experiences have..."


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