Category Archives: Education

Report: State School Spending Less Than 2008; Yellen: School Spending Disparities Increase Inequality

Posted at http://janresseger.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/report-state-school-spending-less-than-2008-yellen-school-spending-disparities-increase-inequality/ At a Federal Reserve Conference on Economic Opportunity & Inequality in Boston last week, Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve Chair, delivered a speech on inequality in which, according to Bloomberg Business Week, she said,  “public education spending … Continue reading

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How Pennsylvania Can Save Money by Investing in Pre-K

From Pre-K for PA (http://www.prekforpa.org/): Pennsylvania can save millions of dollars down the road by investing in high-quality pre-k, according to new research (http://www.prekforpa.org/strongerschools/) from the Economy League of Philadelphia and released by the Pre-K for PA Campaign.  Researchers analyzed … Continue reading

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Coalition Forms for Fair Education Funding

From the Campaign for Fair Education Funding (http://fairfundingpa.org/): The Campaign for Fair Education Funding, a new statewide effort consisting of more than 40 organizations, launched with a press conference at the Capitol Rotunda on October 6th. The coalition is made … Continue reading

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Educational Tax Credits: Increasing Public Funding of Private Schools at the Expense of Public Schools

Posted at http://thirdandstate.org/2014/october/educational-tax-credits-increasing-public-funding-private-schools-expense-public-school Oct 10, 2014 05:49 pm | Waslala Miranda In the last few days of the legislative session, state lawmakers are fast-tracking a bill that would expand and unify the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship … Continue reading

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Daniel Denvir Explains Why Cutting Health Care Benefits for Philly Teachers Will Hurt Schools

Posted at http://janresseger.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/daniel-denvir-explains-why-cutting-health-care-benefits-for-philly-teachers-will-hurt-schools/ Daniel Denvir, the reporter who has been covering the woes of the School District of Philadelphia for the Philadelphia City Paper, has written a new piece to explain what he believes is the most dangerous consequence of … Continue reading

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Number Of Homeless Students Reaches All-Time High

U.S. News & World Report “There are more homeless students in the nation than ever before, and many are living completely on their own, without parents or guardians … During the 2012-13 school year, 1,258,182 students enrolled in public school … Continue reading

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What Does Senate Bill 76—Property Tax Elimination—Do?

From the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (http://www.pennbpc.org): September 23, 2014 Senate Bill 76 would impose a foundational re-organization of the state’s taxation and educational systems, with potentially vast negative consequences for Pennsylvania’s schools, its workers and consumers, and the … Continue reading

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Basic Education Funding Commission Hearing—October 16, Collegeville

From Public Citizens for Children and Youth (http://www.pccy.org): The clock is ticking, and TODAY we need you to let us know how you can help to ensure that southeastern Pennsylvania’s children get a chance for predictable, adequate and fair school … Continue reading

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New Report Shows Lifelong Benefits of High-Quality Pre-K—The Military Gets It

From Pre-K for PA (http://www.prekforpa.org/): “There are many factors impacting educational achievement. But there is one factor that has been proven to have a crucial impact on children from all backgrounds, and that is high-quality pre-kindergarten.” That’s a powerful quote … Continue reading

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PA Permits Cigarette Tax, But Crisis in Philly Schools Drags On

Posted at http://janresseger.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/pa-permits-cigarette-tax-but-crisis-in-philly-schools-drags-on/ After months of legislative dithering, both houses of the Pennsylvania legislature finally passed and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed into law enabling legislation for the School District of Philadelphia to levy a sin tax on its residents … Continue reading

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