Category Archives: Education

Poll Finds Support for More Money for Public Schools Despite Underestimating What is Already Spent

By Jan Murphy | on August 26, 2014 at 2:17 PM As public education advocates begin to ramp up their calls for a fair and predictable school funding formula, a conservative policy center released a poll that shows a majority of voters are … Continue reading

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National Resistance to High-Stakes Testing Grows Even Before School Year Begins

Substance News “Resistance to the regime of high-stakes testing … never stopped organizing after last year’s testing cycle ended … With another group of secret tests being foisted on American public school children this school year … the Resistance continues … Continue reading

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Swarthmore Profs Say Philly Schools Lack Needed Money: PA Funding Process Flawed

Posted at “Each year, as predictably as classes end in June, the School District of Philadelphia faces a budget crisis for the coming school year,” write John Caskey and Mark Kuperberg, economists at Swarthmore College. “In 2014, the School … Continue reading

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The Vermont “No Child Left Behind” Letter that Tells the Truth

Posted at The federal testing law, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), requires that states inform parents when—by the standardized tests required by NCLB—their child’s school has been identified as a “failing” school.  The problem is that, because NCLB required states … Continue reading

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Huge Hole Remains in Philadelphia School Budget; Legislature Goes Home without Addressing Crisis

Posted at What happened yesterday in Philadelphia (August 6) is not a sudden development; neither is it a surprise.  It is merely one more chapter in a tragedy that continues to unfold.  Earlier in the summer when the Pennsylvania state … Continue reading

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Charter Schools Fail the Test of Justice

Posted at Several weeks ago I was asked by Northeast Ohio Media Group (The Plain Dealer), as part of a point-counterpoint series on charter schools—pro and con, to contribute a short article.  The person who requested the column knew … Continue reading

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Urge Your Representative to Support Action Needed to Fund Philadelphia Schools

From the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center ( Tell your state representative to stand up to Big Tobacco and allow 190,000 Pennsylvania children to get an education this year at The Pennsylvania House of Representatives must take action when … Continue reading

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Inventor of Portfolio School Reform Confirms It Isn’t Working Well

Posted at The portfolio strategy of school reform embodies the idea of school choice. The provision of a range of privatized charter schools and the elimination of assigned school attendance zones are central to the theory, which was developed … Continue reading

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New Issue Brief and Graphic on Pre-K in PA

From Pre-K for PA ( Stacy, a Pre-K for PA supporter from Havertown, attributes her daughter’s sense of confidence in elementary school to her pre-k experience. But Stacy’s own confidence in pre-k came only after switching her child to a … Continue reading

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State Releases New Child Care Learning Standards

From Pre-K for PA ( The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning has posted the 2014 Infant, Toddler, and Pre-Kindergarten Learning Standards for Early Childhood. Pennsylvania’s Learning Standards for Early Childhood are research-based according to … Continue reading

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