Category Archives: Education

New Issue Brief and Graphic on Pre-K in PA

From Pre-K for PA (http://www.prekforpa.org/): 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 (http://www.prekforpa.org/): 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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We’ll Have to Do Something About Poverty to Improve School Achievement

Posted at http://janresseger.wordpress.com/2014/07/17/well-have-to-do-something-about-poverty-to-improve-school-achievement/ In the New Yorker essay she just published on the Atlanta test-cheating scandal, Rachel Aviv quotes education researcher David Berliner: “The people who say poverty is no excuse for low performance are now using teacher accountability as … Continue reading

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The Real-Life Impact of Undermining Public Schools: A Philadelphia Inquirer Profile

Posted at http://thirdandstate.org/2014/july/real-life-impact-undermining-public-schools-philadelphia-inquirer-profile Jul 15, 2014 11:37 am | Stephen Herzenberg A profile of a teacher in this morning’s Philadelphia Inquirer brings to life the real-life consequences, for teachers and for children, of the deep funding cuts in the School … Continue reading

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Textbook Budgets and Book Distribution Tightly Connected with Standardized Test Scores: Problems in Philadelphia

Posted at http://janresseger.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/textbook-budgets-and-book-distribution-tightly-connected-with-standardized-test-scores/ How do things go so wrong in a huge and tragically underfunded school district?  Meredith Broussard, an assistant professor of data journalism at Temple University, has published a stunning piece in The Atlantic that explains how the … Continue reading

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Act Now to Create a Strong Start for Children

From the Children’s Defense Fund (http://www.childrensdefense.org): Children’s brains develop more rapidly during the first five years of life than at any other time. That’s why children need high-quality, engaging experiences — early in childhood — to support healthy development and … Continue reading

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Higher Education Act Proposal Includes Amendments to Assist Homeless and Foster Youth

From the People’s Emergency Center (http://www.pec-cares.org): On Wednesday, June 25, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) released for discussion a legislative proposal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. The proposal, entitled the “Higher Education Affordability Act,” contains many provisions to assist … Continue reading

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How the Pennsylvania Budget Will Affect Children

From Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (http://www.papartnerships.org): On July 10, Gov. Tom Corbett signed a $29 billion state budget for fiscal 2014-15 after line-item vetoing $72.2 million in appropriations related to legislative spending in an effort to force the General Assembly … Continue reading

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Gauging Public Support for Education Spending

New America Foundation “Across all programs, inflation-adjusted federal spending on children declined by 13.6% from 2010 to 2014. Education is down 15.1%, and early childhood spending 6.2% over the same time period … Even though we know that investing in … Continue reading

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School is Over for the Summer. So is the Era of Majority White U.S. Public Schools.

National Journal “The 2013-14 school year has drawn to a close in most U.S. school districts, and with it the final period in which white students composed a majority of the nation’s K-12 public school population. When schools reopen in … Continue reading

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