DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Cyber Charter School Application; Public Hearings
[52 Pa.B. 6197]
[Saturday, October 1, 2022]
The Department of Education (Department) will conduct virtual public hearings regarding cyber charter school applications postmarked submitted on or before October 1, 2022, received on or before October 3, 2022. The hearings are currently scheduled for November 1, 2022; November 2, 2022; November 10, 2022; November 15, 2022; and November 16, 2022.
Applicants and persons wishing to provide verbal comments at the time of the hearing must attend in person. Members of the public may view the hearing virtually or attend in person. Only individuals who have submitted comments ahead of time will be permitted to comment at the hearings. The hearings will take place in Heritage Room A on the lobby level of 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126, beginning at 9 a.m. Login information to access the hearings will be posted to the Department's Division of Charter School's (Division) Applications webpage at https://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/Charter%20Schools/Pages/Charter-Applications.aspx.
The hearings pertain to applicants seeking to operate a new cyber charter school beginning in the 2023-2024 school year. The purpose of the hearings is to gather information from applicants about the proposed cyber charter schools as well as receive comments from interested individuals regarding the applications. The names of the applicants, copies of the applications and a listing of the dates and times scheduled for the hearings on each application can be viewed on the Department's web site on or before October 11, 2022, at www.education.pa.gov.
Individuals who wish to provide verbal or written comments on an application must provide a copy of their comments to the Department and the applicant 10 days prior to the scheduled hearing. Comments provided by this deadline will become part of the certified record concerning the applications. Failure to comply with this deadline will preclude the individual from providing comments. Verbal comments may be limited based on the number of individuals requesting time to provide comments.
The hearings will be conducted by a panel of individuals who have completed an initial review of the applications. Panel members may question the applicants on issues identified during the initial review, as well as issues raised in the written comments filed by the deadline. Panel members may also question individuals who offer verbal comments. Commentators will not be permitted to question either the applicants or the panel members.
Comments sent to the Department should be addressed to the Division of Charter Schools, 333 Market Street, 3rd Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333, in addition to being e-mailed to the Division at email@example.com. Comments sent to the applicants should be addressed using the contact information contained within the application by mail, in addition to being e-mailed. Hearing agendas will be prepared no later than 1 week before the scheduled hearing, when the Department is aware of the number of individuals who wish to provide verbal comments at each hearing. The hearing agendas will provide the order of presentation, as well as specify the amount of time allotted to each commentator.
Hearing agendas will be posted under Charter School Applications on the Department's web site at http://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/Charter%20Schools/Pages/Charter-Applications.aspx.
For questions regarding these hearings, contact the Division at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 22-1516. Filed for public inspection September 30, 2022, 9:00 a.m.]
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