- SCOTUS ruling on school funding vouchers could have impact on Pa. education future
- > Jun 30, 1:46 PM: PA is once again considering a school voucher system that would enable parents in the bottom-performing 15 percent of school districts to use a scholarship account for any school of their choice to use on tuition,
- A dispute between a charter board and Universal Companies has left two schools in limbo
- > Jun 29, 2:55 PM: In Philadelphia, where charters educate about 70,000, or one-third of public school students, many of the city’s 85 charters are managed by private companies that contract with the schools to provide services.
- Supreme Court: Religious schools must get Maine tuition aid
- > Jun 22, 8:56 AM: The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Maine can't exclude religious schools from a program that offers tuition aid for private education, a decision that could ease religious organizations’ access to taxpayer money.
- How much did the pandemic cyber charter surge cost Pa. school districts? More than $12k per student, new report says
- > Jun 16, 9:49 AM: The pandemic enrollment surge in cyber charters cost Pennsylvania districts hundreds of millions of dollars — costs that could be magnified by the inability to predict whether some of those students will remain in virtual
- Pa. Senate votes to block charter school regulations from taking effect
The Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday passed a concurrent resolution that would block Gov. Tom Wolf’s regulatory changes to the state’s charter school law from taking effect.
Jun 16, 9:36 AM:
- PSP no more: Philly education nonprofit changing its name, mission
- > Jun 7, 9:22 AM: The Philadelphia School Partnership is becoming Elevate 215, officials will announce Tuesday. The organization, which has raised $134 million since its founding in 2011, had focused on expanding the number of “high-quality
- Free-market think tank calls for expanded school choice policies and tax reforms
A Harrisburg free-market think tank unveiled its 2023 legislative agenda this week, which proponents say is backed by polling data and could help revitalize the commonwealth – if lawmakers adopt their recommendations.>
Jun 7, 9:02 AM:
- It’s time to get progressive about education
- Jun 6, 9:06 AM: Why are progressives, who fashion themselves the arbiters of protecting vulnerable children, so against policies that allow state money to fund the child, instead of the system?
- House panel acts in a last-ditch effort to stop changes to Pa.’s charter school law
- Mar 31, 8:51 AM: A House GOP-controlled panel once again voiced its disapproval of charter school law changes in a long-shot effort to stop rules from taking effect that were favored by Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration.
- Union says Urban Pathways charter school teachers being cut over organization efforts
- Mar 30, 9:03 AM: Nearly three dozen teachers at Urban Pathways K-5 charter school in Downtown Pittsburgh have filed to unionize with the American Federation of Teachers labor union.
- The pandemic upended education. Two years later, what changes are here to stay?
- Mar 28, 6:39 AM: Two years ago, the pandemic upended the education system. And while students are now back at their desks in before-times style, other parts of schooling will likely never be the same.
- Philly’s $3.9 billion school budget approved to immediate backlash
- Mar 25, 8:11 AM: Steep enrollment drops and a re-allocation of resources are driving smaller budgets at some schools; school leaders say the cuts would be disastrous.
- Are Philly schools’ 2022-23 budgets a ‘massacre’ or advancing equity?
- Mar 23, 5:54 AM: Some schools will lose multiple positions next year, and the principals' union is furious. But the district says it's a re-allocation of resources and a $170 million budget increase.
- Pennsylvania approves stronger charter school regulations
- > Mar 22, 6:12 AM: Pennsylvania charter schools will now face stronger ethics and accounting standards after a state regulatory commission approved some of the most significant changes ever to the quarter-century-old law that governs them.
- Meet the finalists: What Philly’s 3 superintendent hopefuls said during their job interviews
- > Mar 17, 8:41 AM: When it comes to charter schools, Davis said he is “not necessarily pro-charter or anti-charter,” but instead “pro-good school and anti-school that isn’t welcoming, safe, and challenging to students.” He added that charter
- Charter schools, advocates push lawmakers to expand seats in city
- Mar 17, 5:35 AM: Charter school advocates rallied in City Hall Park Wednesday to push state lawmakers on action that would increase the number of charter school seats in the Big Apple.
- Wolf’s charter school regulations face opposition from GOP lawmakers
- > Mar 16, 5:56 AM: State lawmakers in two committees voted along party lines Tuesday to disapprove of new charter school regulations proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration – a largely symbolic move that outlined Republican concerns to a
- Teachers are quitting in droves. Here’s how to stem the staffing crisis in schools. | Opinion
- Mar 11, 9:18 AM: We could try to meet their needs, compensate them fairly, and make their jobs workable. We could trust their professional judgment and do away with rigid curricula and ineffective standardized tests.
- Charter school report: Scores go up, achievement gap shrinks
- Mar 11, 8:55 AM: A study says if Pennsylvania political leaders want to get serious about improving student achievement, and closing the racial achievement gap, they might want to consider charter school expansion.
- In a full day of proceedings, Pa. court hears closing arguments in school funding trial
- Mar 11, 6:53 AM: Pennsylvania’s current school funding model has created a system of ‘haves and have-nots,’ one lawyer argued.
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