Policy Briefs

  • Changing PA’s Charter Law: What Is At Stake In SB 1085? - After 17 years, the PA legislature is considering making major changes to Pennsylvania’s charter school law.  Improvements to the law are long overdue, but unfortunately, the legislation in the Senate (SB 1085) will not improve PA’s charter school law. Instead, it would take local control away from communities and create massive new costs and new […]
  • Engaging Parent Quickly and Easily (for Superintendents and Principals) - CLICK HERE for a PDF version of this document. For the 2013-14 budget year, a broad coalition of organizations, school stakeholders, education professionals, parents and community members are calling on the state legislature to: – Restore the nearly $1 billion in state funding cuts (made in each of the last two years) over a three […]
  • FAQ about the new 2014-15 PSSA results - Frequently Asked Questions about the new 2014-2015 PSSA results Over the summer of 2015, the PSSA results from the 2014-15 school year were released with scores that are significantly different than the previous year. Read about the changes. PSSA FAQs PSSA scores dropped statewide. What happened? In March of 2014, as part of a nationwide movement […]
  • Pennsylvania’s Charter School Law MUST Be Reformed - For a downloadable pdf of this brief, please click here: fixing_pa_charter_law_brief_dec_2014.pdf For a summary on what was wrong with last year’s proposal (and what to watch for in the future) click here:sb_1085_1_pager_final_afterward.pdf Funding Pennsylvania must change the current system for funding charter schools that takes resources from one group of children and gives them to another […]