Category Archives: Education

Call to Action for Public Education Day—July 29, Statewide

From the Campaign for Fair Education Funding (http://fairfundingpa.org/): There is no more pressing issue facing Pennsylvania than the education of our children, and legislators need to go back to Harrisburg and fix Pennsylvania’s broken school funding system. All you have … Continue reading

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How to Make Sure Every Child Born This Year Can Access High Quality Pre-K—Join the Phone Bank and Make Calls

From Public Citizens for Children and Youth (http://www.pccy.org): About 140,000 children will be born in Pennsylvania this year.  Sadly, a majority of those newborns will not be able to access high-quality pre-k when they reach preschool age unless the state … Continue reading

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Budget Impasse Pits Little Kids Against Big Natural Gas—Urge PA Legislators to Fix It

From Public Citizens for Children and Youth (http://www.pccy.org): What’s more important: restoring cuts to schools or protecting the natural gas industry?  That’s the big debate in Harrisburg as the Governor and legislative leaders work to reach an agreement on a … Continue reading

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Fix Public Education, End High Stakes Testing, Pass ESEA

The Hill Rev. William J. Barber II writes, “Congress is preparing to vote on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) on its 50th anniversary. What they decide now can change the course of federal aid to … Continue reading

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Senate ESEA Reauthorization Bill Passes: Congress Fails to Replace Test & Punish with Support & Improve

Posted at https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/senate-esea-reauthorization-bill-passes-congress-fails-to-replace-test-punish-with-support-improve/ Yesterday (July 16), by a margin of 81-17, the U.S. Senate passed a bill to reauthorize the federal education law, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), whose most recent 2002 version we call No Child Left … Continue reading

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The Economic Impact of Achievement Gaps in Pennsylvania’s Public Schools

This ground breaking RAND Corporation study projects that Pennsylvania could realize tens of billions of dollars in additional economic growth and move its students to the top of world and U.S. rankings by closing test score gaps based on race and … Continue reading

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Urge Your PA Senator and Rep to Support Adequate Funding for PA Education

From Public Citizens for Children and Youth (http://www.pccy.org): School boards across the state adopted budgets this year, many of which assumed no additional revenues from the state.  As a result, 41% of school districts plan to reduce staff in fiscal … Continue reading

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Send Letters to the Editor to Put Heat on Your Lawmakers to Pass a Budget that Funds Our Schools—and Other Actions You Can Take

From Education Voters of Pennsylvania (http://www.educationvoterspa.org/): Budget talks are stalled in Harrisburg. Last week, Governor Wolf kept his promise to fight for fair funding for PA’s public schools and vetoed the Republican budget that would have continued to underfund PA’s … Continue reading

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Leonie Haimson: Setting the Record Straight About The Every Child Achieves Act–It Deserves Support

Diane Ravitch’s Blog At the personal blogsite of education historian Diane Ravitch, founder and president of Class Size Matters Leonie Haimson says, “For nearly 13 years, students have suffered under the high-stakes testing regime of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) … Continue reading

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U.S. House Passes Harmful Version of an ESEA Reauthorization Yesterday Afternoon

Posted at https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2015/07/09/u-s-house-passes-harmful-version-of-an-esea-reauthorization-yesterday-afternoon/ Lauren Camera, who has been following the Congressional debate on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act for Education Week, reported last night: “The U.S. House of Representatives reconsidered and ultimately passed Wednesday a Republican-backed … Continue reading

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