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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 07-2032



Cyber Charter School Application Hearing

[37 Pa.B. 5904]
[Saturday, November 3, 2007]

   The Department of Education (Department) has scheduled a public hearing regarding the four cyber charter school applications that it received on October 1, 2007. The hearing will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2007, at 10 a.m. in the 3rd Floor Conference Room at 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA. The hearing pertains to applicants seeking to operate cyber charter schools in the 2008-2009 school year: the Carolyn Walker Daniels Cyber Charter School, the IDEA Cyber Charter School, the Lighthouse Cyber Charter School and Liberty Cyber Charter School. The purpose of the hearing is to receive information from the applicants about the proposed cyber charter schools and to receive comments from interested persons regarding the applications. The applications can be viewed on the Department's website at www.pde.

   The charter applicant will have 30 minutes to present information about the proposed cyber charter school. Individuals who wish to provide comments at the hearing must send the Department and the applicant a copy of the comments on or before November 15, 2007. Failure to comply with this deadline will preclude the respective individual from providing verbal comments at the hearing. Verbal comments may be limited based on the number of individuals requesting time to provide comments, and may also be limited if the comments are duplicative or repetitive of other individual's comments. A panel of individuals who have reviewed the applications will conduct the hearing. The panel members may question the applicants regarding issues identified during their review, as well as issues raised in the written comments filed before the hearing date. Panel members may also question individuals who offer verbal comments. Commentators will not be permitted to question either the applicants or the panel members.

   Individuals who are unable to attend the hearing may also provide the Department and the respective applicant with written comments on or before November 27, 2007. Written comments provided to the Department by this deadline will become part of the certified record.

   Comments sent to the Department should be addressed to Gregg Spadafore, Bureau of Community and Student Services, 333 Market Street, 5th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333.

   An agenda will be prepared after November 27, 2007, when the Department is aware of the number of individuals who wish to provide verbal comments at the hearing. That agenda will provide the order of presentation, as well as specify the amount of time allotted to each commentator. Individuals wanting a copy of the agenda should call Gregg Spadafore at (717) 705-2881.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 07-2032. Filed for public inspection November 2, 2007, 9:00 a.m.]

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