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Governing the School District of Philadelphia

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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 […]

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Ed Voter’s Common Enrollment Brief

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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 […]

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Debunking the Myths about Vouchers

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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 […]

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Who Runs the School District of Philadelphia?

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Click HERE for a PDF of our paper Who Runs the School District of Philadelphia What is the School Reform Commission? The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) is governed by the School Reform Commission (SRC) which was established in December 2001, when oversight of the School District shifted to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It replaced the […]

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Every School Deserves a Nurse

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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 […]

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Philadelphia Budget Advocacy: Take Action

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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. […]

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Supporting public education in the FY 14-15 budget – June, 2014

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Allocate money to Basic Education Funding instead of the Ready to Learn Block Grant program. Education Voters supports putting the increases from Governor Corbett’s proposed block grant funding into the Basic Education Funding line.  Doing this provides districts the appropriate level of flexibility to support core programs and obligations.  Requiring these funds be used for […]