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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 11-1823



Hearing Regarding Cyber Charter School Application

[41 Pa.B. 5755]
[Saturday, October 29, 2011]

 The Department of Education (Department) has scheduled two public hearings regarding seven cyber charter school applications that it received on October 3, 2011. The hearings will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, and December 1, 2011, in Heritage Room B on the lobby level at 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA at 10 a.m. The hearings pertain to applicants seeking to operate cyber charter schools beginning in the 2012-2013 school year which include: ACT Academy Cyber Charter School, AKOBEN Cyber Charter School, Education Plus Academy Cyber Charter School, Esperanza Cyber Charter School, Innovate U Cyber Charter School, Mercury Online Charter School of Pennsylvania and Solomon World Civilization Cyber Charter School. The purpose of the hearings is to gather information from the applicants about the proposed cyber charter schools as well as receive comments from interested persons regarding the applications. The applications can be viewed on Department's web site at

 Each charter applicant will have 30 minutes to present information about the proposed cyber charter school. Individuals who wish to provide comments during the hearing must send the Department and the applicant a copy of the comments on or before November 7, 2011. 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 another individual's comments.

 The hearing will be conducted by the panel of individuals who have completed an initial review of the applications. 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 23, 2011. Any 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 Marlene Kanuck, Bureau of Teaching and Learning, 333 Market Street, 5th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333. An agenda will be prepared after November 15, 2011, 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. The agenda will be posted on the Department's web site at become_a_charter_school_in_pa/508181, under Public Hearing Notices.

 Direct questions regarding this hearing to Marlene Kanuck at (717) 783-9294 or


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 11-1823. Filed for public inspection October 28, 2011, 9:00 a.m.]

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