Category Archives: Education

What Will Poverty Sprawl Mean For School Districts?

Education Week “The geography of child poverty is changing, and research suggests educators may need to tailor their supports for disadvantaged students in rural, suburban, and urban areas … Urban poor students tend to have more chronic stressors … Urban … Continue reading

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Increased Spending in the Classroom Can Boost Student Outcomes–Act for PA Education Funding

From the Campaign for Fair Education Funding (http://fairfundingpa.org/): Pennsylvania’s broken school funding system is failing students: It does not provide enough resources to educate all students to academic standards It contributes to deficiencies in equal opportunity based on factors like … Continue reading

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Spending In Nation’s Schools Falls Again, With Wide Variation Across States

The Washington Post “The nation’s per-pupil spending on K-12 public schools dropped in 2013 for the third year in a row … It shows that, in many places, funding for public education has not rebounded as the economy recovered from … Continue reading

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Support a Basic Education Funding Formula and a Real Budget

From the Campaign for Fair Education Funding (http://fairfundingpa.org/): Why do we need the BEFC funding formula?  Pennsylvania has no formula for how to fairly distribute dollars to public schools across the state. The BEFC – after months of hearings, analysis, … Continue reading

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Kindergartners with Traumatic Life Experiences Struggle More in School

HealthDay “Childhood traumas of various sorts can cause kindergartners to struggle in class as well as life … Those with difficult experiences up until age 5 had math and reading difficulties and difficulty focusing in kindergarten, and were also more … Continue reading

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American Parents and Children Living on $2-a-Day—With Food Stamps but No Cash

Posted at https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/american-parents-and-children-living-on-2-a-day-with-food-stamps-but-no-cash/ In the conclusion of their 2013, Public Education Under Siege, historian Michael B. Katz and education professor Mike Rose advocate for a new and honest narrative about the challenges for public schools: “A new narrative need not … Continue reading

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Stop Blaming Public Schools for Jobless Economy

Posted at https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2016/01/15/stop-blaming-public-schools-for-jobless-economy/ In recent weeks Fortune Magazine in Business Gets Schooled and the NY Times in The Counterfeit High School Diploma blame public schools for turning out workers ill-equipped for today’s jobs.  Both articles allege that public school failure … Continue reading

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How Much Do We Hate Our Children?

Posted at http://educationopportunitynetwork.org/how-much-do-we-hate-our-children/ When President Barak Obama recently made an impassioned plea to do something about the proliferation of gun violence in America, he drew upon the images of elementary school children gunned down in Newtown, Connecticut to engage our emotions. “First graders,” he … Continue reading

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Urge the General Assembly to Pass a Budget with Fair Education Funding

From the Campaign for Fair Education Funding (http://fairfundingpa.org/): Thanks to a seven-month budget stalemate, Pennsylvania state government begins 2016 without a full budget, leaving the short and long term needs of every school – and every student – up in … Continue reading

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Sign Petition Urging PA Legislature to Finish the Budget

From Pre-K for PA (http://www.prekforpa.org/): Our state elected officials failed to pass a final budget. Had they done so, 14,000 children could be starting pre-k today, but the leaders in Harrisburg just didn’t finish their jobs. Add your name to … Continue reading

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