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  • A Sensible Approach to Funding Schools - CLICK HERE for a PDF version of this document. Pennsylvania has an economic, moral and constitutional imperative to ensure that every student has an opportunity to learn in a safe and healthy environment, with access to good curriculum and high standards for educational quality.  The way we fund schools should be based on the costs[...]
  • Danger of a Poor Education: Education and the Economy - Click HERE for a PDF of our paper Education and the Economy. Having a strong education system produces economic gains for Pennsylvania and the nation as a whole; conversely the effects of having an inadequate, inequitable system drain our economy. This correlation has grown increasingly relevant as our nation recovers from the economic downturn. The growing[...]
  • Debunking the Myths about Vouchers - Click here for a PDF version of Debunking the Myths about School Vouchers MYTH:  Vouchers will rescue poor kids who are trapped in failing districts. REALITY: The Senate’s own fiscal note for SB 1 anticipates only 2,213 students out of the 70,044 that are eligible would participate in the program the first year. A 100% of[...]
  • Ed Voter’s Common Enrollment Brief - Philadelphia should adopt a citywide common enrollment system for high school. For  PDF version click: Common Enrollment Brief For more details click: An Effective Common Enrollment System Philadelphia is in transition again. District leaders have said that they want to create more high quality seats, create more choices for families, and give schools more autonomy in how[...]
  • Education and Crime - Click HERE for a PDF version of our paper Education and Crime Education is critical in ensuring the nation’s success. Unfortunately, our system is not fully providing the education students need to succeed, thus the nation is forced to address economic and social consequences. Recent studies indicate that a poor education can lead to a steep[...]
  • Every School Deserves a Nurse - Today a 7-year-old died at Jackson Elementary school and there was no school nurse in the building because of budget cuts. Read the details here. We don’t know if would have helped to have a nurse, but it’s a problem that we even have to ask if the school had one. Every school deserves a[...]
  • Further analysis of proposal to convert 100% of York City Schools to charter schools needed - The York City School Board is considering a proposal to convert 100% of York City schools to charter schools. This is an extremely large scale and risky proposal that leaves the York City School District children and taxpayers at risk and the process is taking place in an alarmingly short timeframe. The school board received[...]
  • General Assembly Passes Budget Where Children are the Biggest Losers - On June 30th, the PA General Assembly passed a budget that included $927.7 million in funding cuts to public education. These historic cuts were made despite having $700 million more than expected in revenue collections (we collected more than the budget assumed we would, which means we have $700 million more on the income side[...]
  • Governing the School District of Philadelphia - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Governing the School District of Philadelphia. There is a conversation happening in the City around the issue of local control of the School District of Philadelphia, and moving away from a state run district. It is virtually inarguable that the state controlled School Reform Commission has not solved the issues of[...]
  • Governor Corbett’s Budget Cuts Over $1.1 Billion in Education - Click here for a PDF of Governor Corbett’s Budget Cuts Over $1.1 Billion in Education Governor Corbett recently released the details of his proposed state budget for 2011-2012, including staggering cuts to basic education (over $1.1 BILLION).  This budget represents an outrageous lack of understanding of the value and importance of public school to the future[...]
  • HB 1307 – State Takeover of Fiscally Distressed Schools - Click here for a PDF of HB 1307 State Takeover of Fiscally Distressed School Districts In May, the Senate Education Committee voted out HB 1307 which set forth procedures for the Department of Education to develop and implement parameters for declaring school districts financially distressed and putting in place provisions that would put the state in[...]
  • It is time for a new era for education in Philadelphia - Take Action It is time for a new era for education in Philadelphia The Mayor and City Council are, at this moment, engaged in what is happening at the School District of Philadelphia in a way that we haven’t seen in a long time, maybe longer.  They are talking about whether or not the City[...]
  • NEW REPORT – Principles for Principals - Check our recent coverage our this report: The Philadelphia Notebook: Reports raise concerns about stability of principal corps in Philly schools. The Philadelphia Inquirer: At high-poverty schools, lack of stability starts at the top. For a PDF version, click Principles for Principals INTRODUCTION A growing body of research shows that the role of principals is one of[...]
  • Philadelphia Budget Advocacy: Take Action - Take Action to Support Philadelphia’s public school students! Without sufficient funding, our schools can’t provide the basic programs and services that our children need to have an opportunity to learn. The state budget continues to be inadequate and unfair; however we must also do more at the City level to find additional resources for schools.[...]
  • State Budget Update – May 18th - Click HERE for a pdf version. The State Senate recently passed their version of the state budget (SB 1466), which included some restorations of the Governor’s proposed cuts. SB 1466 made the following improvements: Rejected the Governor’s proposal for a new Student Achievement Block Grant that neither supported student achievement nor gave flexibility to school districts. Restored[...]