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Dear Members of the Montessori Community,
Last year, families from around the country sent an email to Congress asking for support for charter schools—and members of Congress heard your message. The Charter Schools Program received a funding increase and your advocacy will help to open the doors for many new charter schools across the country.
Our emails, tweets, and phone calls are truly making a difference—but our work is not done yet. There are still more than one million student names on wait lists for charter schools across the country. We need your help to tell Congress to continue to make funding for charter schools a priority in 2016.
That’s why MRCS is supporting a new campaign to share stories about the positive impact charter public schools have on students, families, teachers, and communities. We have put a link on our website www.mrcserie.org which will direct you to the national campaign. You can read the inspirational stories and send a short message to Congress urging additional support for the charter school movement. Don’t worry, sending an email to Congress is easy. Just enter your information and the National Alliance for Charter Schools will do the rest of the work for you.
Thank you for your continuing support of MRCS and high quality Charter Schools everywhere!
Anthony Pirrello, CEO
The school choice debate is a fierce one in Pennsylvania. From Erie to Philadelphia, parents searching for better educational opportunities for their kids regularly square off against anti-choice groups that vilify them for seeking alternatives to failing district schools.
The arguments against charter schools are passionate, but they are often wrong. The result is these false claims can confuse and misinform parents and divide communities.
Here are the eight most popular myths and misconceptions charter school opponents use in their effort to limit school choice and smear charter school advocates.
1. Charters are not public schools.
Yes, they are. “According to legislation, the governor, both parties in the Senate and House of Representatives, and the Commonwealth and Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania, charter schools are public schools,” Bob Fayfich, executive director of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools says. “Any statement to the contrary is in conflict with state law and the stated positions and decisions of all those legislative and legal institutions.”2. Charter schools aren’t held to the same standards as public schools.
“Actually, they are held to higher standards than traditional public schools,” says Jonathan Cetel, executive director of PennCAN, an education advocacy group committed to improving schools. “Like traditional public schools, they must take state standardized tests, but unlike traditional public schools, they are reviewed every five years and can be shut down if they aren’t performing.”
By Evan Grossman | From Watchdog.org January 26, 2016
MRCS Staff and Families donated toys and time for Toys for Tots! Thanks to Crystal Carpenter for setting up the volunteer time and to all those participating in the event!
Pictured in order left to right:
Row 1: Owen Hess, Brett Kuhlman Jr., Kira Kuhlman, Emmalee Campbell
Row 2: Kevin Mosher, Sarah Strickenberger, Jane Binder, Crystal Carpenter, Jennifer Trochowski, Amber Kuhlman, Zach Binder
Row 3: Faith Kuhlman, Brian Kuhlman, Brett Kuhlman Sr.
Congratulations to the MRCS Cross Country Team! Micah, Cole, and Jackson competed in the relay competition at Mercyhurst Prep this weekend and came in first place in the 5th-6th grade boys division!
Micah and Jackson got 10th and 6th place respectively at the Dirt in Your Face Race also this weekend.
Congrats to all our runners this season.
This event has been canceled.
The grand opening of our playground equipment will NOT be held Saturday October 3rd due to the inclement weather forecast. It has been rescheduled for Saturday October 17th at 9:30 am. The Junk in your Trunk fundraiser will also take place on October 17th at the South Campus parking lot.
Look forward to seeing you on October 17th at South Campus to celebrate the new swings.
Good Afternoon Montessori Families:
This is a reminder that our Back to School Social will be held at our South Campus on 2910 Sterrettania Road this coming Monday, August 24th from 4 pm to 6 pm.
Please bring a picnic dish to share. Plates, utensils and water will be provided.
All families from both North and South will be able to pick up their Back to School Packets that evening.
In addition, the PTO will be selling MRCS t-shirts. Prices range from $ 10.00 to $15.00. PLEASE BRING CASH as they cannot accept checks or credit cards.
We are looking forward to seeing you on Monday!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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