Category Archives: Education

Poll Finds Support for More Money for Public Schools Despite Underestimating What is Already Spent

By Jan Murphy | jmurphy@pennlive.com on August 26, 2014 at 2:17 PM As public education advocates begin to ramp up their calls for a fair and predictable school funding formula, a conservative policy center released a poll that shows a majority of voters are … Continue reading

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National Resistance to High-Stakes Testing Grows Even Before School Year Begins

Substance News “Resistance to the regime of high-stakes testing … never stopped organizing after last year’s testing cycle ended … With another group of secret tests being foisted on American public school children this school year … the Resistance continues … Continue reading

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Swarthmore Profs Say Philly Schools Lack Needed Money: PA Funding Process Flawed

Posted at http://janresseger.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/swarthmore-profs-say-philly-schools-lack-needed-money-pa-funding-process-flawed/ “Each year, as predictably as classes end in June, the School District of Philadelphia faces a budget crisis for the coming school year,” write John Caskey and Mark Kuperberg, economists at Swarthmore College. “In 2014, the School … Continue reading

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The Vermont “No Child Left Behind” Letter that Tells the Truth

Posted at http://janresseger.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/the-vermont-no-child-left-behind-letter-that-tells-the-truth/ The federal testing law, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), requires that states inform parents when—by the standardized tests required by NCLB—their child’s school has been identified as a “failing” school.  The problem is that, because NCLB required states … Continue reading

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Huge Hole Remains in Philadelphia School Budget; Legislature Goes Home without Addressing Crisis

Posted at http://janresseger.wordpress.com/2014/08/07/huge-hole-remains-in-philadelphia-school-budget-legislature-goes-home-without-addressing-crisis/ What happened yesterday in Philadelphia (August 6) is not a sudden development; neither is it a surprise.  It is merely one more chapter in a tragedy that continues to unfold.  Earlier in the summer when the Pennsylvania state … Continue reading

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Charter Schools Fail the Test of Justice

Posted at http://janresseger.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/charter-schools-fail-the-test-of-justice/ Several weeks ago I was asked by Northeast Ohio Media Group (The Plain Dealer), as part of a point-counterpoint series on charter schools—pro and con, to contribute a short article.  The person who requested the column knew … Continue reading

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Urge Your Representative to Support Action Needed to Fund Philadelphia Schools

From the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (http://www.pennbpc.org): Tell your state representative to stand up to Big Tobacco and allow 190,000 Pennsylvania children to get an education this year at http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6751/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18194. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives must take action when … Continue reading

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Inventor of Portfolio School Reform Confirms It Isn’t Working Well

Posted at http://janresseger.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/inventor-of-portfolio-school-reform-confirms-it-isnt-working-well/ The portfolio strategy of school reform embodies the idea of school choice. The provision of a range of privatized charter schools and the elimination of assigned school attendance zones are central to the theory, which was developed … Continue reading

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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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