Pennsylvania court ruling clears way for charter schools to expand

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Commonwealth Court ruling Tuesday could pave the way for charter schools outside Philadelphia to expand their operations and take on more students.

In a 2-1 ruling, the court overturned an earlier decision from the state's Charter Appeal Board that blocked the Lehigh Valley Dual Language Charter School from expanding its operations beyond a single school building.

The LVDLCS argued it was unable to find a single building large enough to accommodate its growing enrollment, and tried to change its charter to allow a second location. It was denied by the school board of the Bethlehem School District, where it operates. State law allows charter schools in Philadelphia to operate at multiple locations, but it limits all other charter schools to single locations.

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