Category Archives: Education

Vouchers Proposed Again in Congress

Posted at https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/vouchers-proposed-again-in-congress/ This post was first published on February 12, 2015 as part of The Progressive‘s Public School Shakedown project. Proponents of school vouchers never give up.  Even though the CHOICE Act has been unsuccessfully introduced in Congress several … Continue reading

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Another Pro-“Ed Reform” Group Deplores Charter Marketplace

Posted at https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/another-pro-ed-reform-group-deplores-charter-marketplace/ The number of charter schools has grown rapidly since the U.S. Department of Education required in 2009 that, to qualify to apply for a Race to the Top grant, states would need to remove any caps on … Continue reading

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PA Partnerships for Children Releases School Readiness Report

From Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (http://www.papartnerships.org): Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children has released our latest “School Readiness” report, which details how well Pennsylvania is doing in preparing its youngest children for school. The new report finds a troubling lack of progress … Continue reading

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Duped by For-Profit Schools, Students Gain Big Allies in Push for Loan Forgiveness

Published on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by Common Dreams Answering Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s call, Massachusetts AG slams for-profit colleges as ‘free to break the law.’ By Nadia Prupis, staff writer Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey joined the call to forgive … Continue reading

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PA Treads Water on Serving School Breakfasts

Posted at http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-02-11/hunger-food-nutrition/pa-treads-water-on-serving-school-breakfasts/a44484-1 February 11, 2015 – Dan Heyman, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window HARRISBURG, Pa. – The number of kids getting breakfast at school has been rising nationally, but Pennsylvania has seen only a slight … Continue reading

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Liberate 41 Million Americans From Student Loan Debt

From the Campaign for America’s Future (http://www.ourfuture.org/): It is time for a truly transformative idea: Let’s abolish all student loan debt in America. If you agree, go to https://takeaction.ourfuture.org/action/cancel_student_debt  to take action … Our massive student debt burden is a moral … Continue reading

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Inequality Drives School Achievement Levels. Does Inequality Also Drive Education Policy?

Posted at https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/inequality-drives-school-achievement-levels-does-inequality-also-drive-education-policy/ Our society continues to become increasingly segregated not only by race but also by income—with the rich living near each other in wealthy enclaves and the poor concentrated in intergenerational ghettos.  Stanford University educational sociologistSean Reardon documents that … Continue reading

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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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