Category Archives: Education

Underfunding PA Schools is Illegal Under the Constitution—Support Legal Action

From Education Voters of Pennsylvania (http://www.educationvoterspa.org/): This is wrong, it has been happening for years, and it is illegal.  Simply put, it is time to go to court. Around the state, our schools have not received adequate and equitable funding … Continue reading

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Georgia Attorney Tries to Educate the President about the Promise of Public Education

by janresseger Posted at http://janresseger.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/georgia-attorney-tries-to-educate-the-president-about-the-promise-of-public-education/ Two weeks ago Valerie Strauss printed this very profound letter written to President Barack Obama to protest the education policies of the Obama Administration.  The letter was written by Bertis Downs, a public school parent … Continue reading

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College, Federal Financial Aid Increasingly Benefits The Rich

The Hechinger Report “Tuition tax credits and other tax breaks to offset the cost of higher education … disproportionally benefit more affluent Americans. So do tax-deductible savings plans and the federal work-study program … Even though only one-fifth of American … Continue reading

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Kansas School Funding Declared Unconstitutional By State Supreme Court

The Huffington Post “The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday ruled the state’s funding of public schools to be unconstitutional … The opinion sets no legal precedent outside Kansas. But it provides clear language on school funding that may influence courts … Continue reading

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Public Schools Need Nearly $200 Billion To Improve Facilities, Survey Finds

Education Week “Upgrading the nation’s public K-12 school buildings to a ‘good overall condition’ would cost about $200 billion … 53% of public schools need to spend money on repairs, renovations, and modernizations … For schools where 75% or more … Continue reading

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Join Pennsylvania Taxpayers for Good Public Schools Campaign

From the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (http://www.pennbpc.org): The future of Pennsylvania schools — and the quality of education every child receives — is at stake in the debate over legislation to swap property taxes for higher state taxes in … Continue reading

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Survey Shows Statewide Support for Predictable School Funding—Urge Your State Rep to Support a Fair Formula

From Public Citizens for Children and Youth (http://www.pccy.org): Nearly 90% of school administrators, board members and school business officials agree that predictability is needed when it comes to funding their schools.  A survey (http://www.parss.org/?p=1331) of 600 school leaders conducted finds … Continue reading

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Support the President’s Preschool for All Plan

From the Campaign for America’s Future (http://www.ourfuture.org/): If you want to give low-income children the best shot at growing up to be happy and successful adults, you send them to preschool. It’s a no-brainer. Kids who attend preschool are more … Continue reading

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Kansas Supreme Court Rejects Education on the Cheap; Affirms Equity and Adequacy

by janresseger Posted at http://janresseger.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/kansas-supreme-court-rejects-education-on-the-cheap-affirms-equity-and-adequacy/ I have been reading the introduction and many of the short essays that make up David Berliner and Gene Glass’s new book, 50 Myths & Lies that Threaten America’s Public Schools.  Many of the myths … Continue reading

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Mounting Evidence Supports Public Schools, Says Privatization and Charters No Better

by janresseger Posted at http://janresseger.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/mounting-evidence-supports-public-schools-says-privatization-and-charters-no-better/ I have always imagined that once the evidence comes in about the performance of charter schools and virtual, on-line academies—once we learn that school achievement in charters isn’t all that different from what we see … Continue reading

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