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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Cyber Charter School Application; Public Hearing

[47 Pa.B. 6382]
[Saturday, October 14, 2017]

 The Department of Education (Department) has scheduled one date for a public hearing regarding a cyber charter school application that was received on or before October 2, 2017. The hearing will be held on November 20, 2017, in Heritage Room A on the lobby level of 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126 at 9 a.m. The hearing pertains to the applicant seeking to operate a cyber charter school beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. The purpose of the hearing is to gather information from the applicant about the proposed cyber charter school as well as receive comments from interested individuals regarding the application. The name of the applicant, copies of the application and a listing of the date and time scheduled for the hearing on the application can be viewed on the Department's web site at www.education.pa.gov.

 Individuals who wish to provide comments on the application during the hearing must provide a copy of their written comments to the Department and the applicant on or before November 6, 2017. Comments provided by this deadline and presented at the hearing will become part of the certified record. Failure to comply with this deadline will preclude the individual from providing comments at the hearing. Verbal comments may be limited based on the number of individuals requesting time to provide comments and may be limited if the comments are duplicative or repetitive of another individual's comments. Persons who are unable to attend the hearing may also provide the Department and the applicant with written comments on or before November 6, 2017. Any written comments provided to the Department by this deadline will also become part of the certified record.

 During the public hearing on the application, the cyber charter applicant will have 30 minutes to present information about the proposed cyber charter school. The hearing will be conducted by the panel of individuals who have completed an initial review of the application. The panel members may question the applicant on issues identified during their 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 applicant or the panel members.

 Comments sent to the Department should be addressed to the Division of Charter Schools, 333 Market Street, 5th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333. The hearing agenda will be prepared after November 13, 2017, when the Department is aware of the number of individuals who wish to provide verbal comments at the hearing. The hearing agenda will provide the order of presentation, as well as specify the amount of time allotted to each commentator. The hearing agenda will be posted on the Charter School Applications webpage on the Department's web site at http://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/Charter%20Schools/Pages/Charter-Applications.aspx.

 For questions regarding this hearing, contact the Division of Charter Schools, (717) 787-9744, charterschools@pa.gov.

PEDRO A. RIVERA, 
Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-1694. Filed for public inspection October 13, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]



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