Category Archives: Education

Public School Poverty: The New Normal

Posted at http://thirdandstate.org/2014/december/public-school-poverty-new-normal Dec 12, 2014 05:49 pm | Waslala Miranda The Great Recession may be over but many in Pennsylvania are still suffering from its effects. This is most obvious in our public schools where the number of students … Continue reading

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For PA School Districts, the Rich Get Richer & the Poor Get Poorer

Posted at http://thirdandstate.org/2015/january/pa-school-districts-rich-get-richer-poor-get-poorer Jan 09, 2015 05:50 pm | Waslala Miranda According to an Associated Press analysis, the gap between the haves and have-nots in public schools grew much worse during Gov. Corbett’s time in office.  In the past four … Continue reading

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50,000 More in Affluent Classrooms, Ten Times Less in Poor Classrooms

From Public Citizens for Children and Youth (http://www.pccy.org): The gaping disparity of resources between wealthy and poor school districts grew more severe in the last four years.  The top 20% of the state’s wealthiest school districts increased the amount of … Continue reading

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Majority of U.S. Public School Students Are in Poverty

Posted at http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/majority-of-us-public-school-students-are-in-poverty/2015/01/15/df7171d0-9ce9-11e4-a7ee-526210d665b4_story.html The Washington Post, January 16, 2015 According to a recent report from the Southern Education Foundation, 51 percent of public school students were eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch in the 2012-2013 school year. The highest … Continue reading

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PA Fails Low-Income Preschoolers

Posted at http://thirdandstate.org/2015/january/pa-fails-low-income-preschoolers Jan 16, 2015 05:15 pm | Waslala Miranda A national education report card gave Pennsylvania a grade of D+ and a ranking of 41st among states for early childhood education. Every year the Education Week Research Center … Continue reading

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No Child Left Behind Has Not Worked. Why?

Posted at https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/no-child-left-behind-has-not-worked-why/ Congress has begun to hold hearings to consider, yet again, a reauthorization of the federal testing law No Child Left Behind (NCLB).  NCLB is the most recent reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, but … Continue reading

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Study Endorses Preschool for Low Income Kids

Associated Press via Komo News “A new study shows low income kids from Washington state who go to a state supported preschool are likely to do better academically than their peers at least through fifth grade … Kids who attended … Continue reading

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Ravitch: Let’s Try “No Child Left Out”

Posted at http://janresseger.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/ravitch-lets-try-no-child-left-out/ Recently I found myself at a meeting where the discussion starter was the first half hour of a wonderful video that was made here in Ohio about twenty years ago: Children in America’s Schools with Bill Moyers.  … Continue reading

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Absenteeism: Another Way to Measure School Poverty

The Hechinger Report “A new report out of New York City suggests that policy makers should identify troubled schools by their absenteeism rates – a relatively easy data point to obtain – and then work to fix the schools by … Continue reading

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Running a School On $160

The Philadelphia Inquirer “The number couldn’t possibly be right, Marc Gosselin thought: $160. That was the total discretionary budget he was handed as the brand-new principal of Anna Lane Lingelbach Elementary … Gosselin zeroed in on students’ reading levels – … Continue reading

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