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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
Jun 16, 9:36 AM:

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.

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
Jun 7, 9:02 AM:

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.

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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