Pennsylvania

The Best Way to Welcome Legislators Back to Session

As Pennsylvania legislators returned to session on September 23rd, they were greeted at the Capitol by advocates representing 40 districts across the state holding a press conference. The event, organized by Education Voters of Pennsylvania (an OTL ally) and several other groups, focused on demanding that policymakers support the creation of an equitable school funding formula.

As Pennsylvania legislators returned to session on September 23rd, they were greeted at the Capitol by advocates representing 40 districts across the state holding a press conference. The event, organized by Education Voters of Pennsylvania (an OTL ally) and several other groups, brought together parents, teachers, and several legislators to demanding that the state support the creation of an equitable school funding formula. 

Asthma Shouldn't Kill – Every School Needs a Nurse

By John Jackson, President & CEO of the Schott Foundation, and Susan Gobreski, Executive Director of EdVoters PA

The tragic death of a sixth-grade Philadelphia student illustrates the dire need to ensure that every child has access to quality health and wellness services at school.

Tell State and Federal Leaders:
Every School Needs
a Full-Time Nurse

Click here to sign the petition!

Mass School Closures Are "Shock Doctrine" for Education

Mass school closures are the "shock doctrine" of the education world. But parents, students, teachers and communities are fighting back to ensure their public schools receive the investments and supports they need to succeed.

When 9-year-old Asean Johnson gave his now-famous, fiery speech last spring at a rally to protest the mass closure of 49 Chicago public schools, he drew enough national attention that his school, at least, was spared.

Philly Organizers to State: Fund Schools Adequately or Face Boycott

A coalition of parents, students, community members and faith leaders in Philadelphia is threatening to boycott the start of the school year if the district doesn't receive the funds it needs to safely open and staff the city's public schools.

A coalition of parents, students, community members and faith leaders in Philadelphia is threatening to boycott the start of the school year if the district doesn't receive the funds it needs to safely open and staff the city's public schools. 

Debunking the Myths of School Closures

Education officials use a variety of justifications to defend the closures, citing everything from budget concerns to promises of better opportunities for students. But as this new infographic from the OTL Campaign illustrates, these justifications don’t hold up to scrutiny. Here's what the evidence from past and current school closures says.

In cities across the country, education officials are closing public schools en masse, impacting thousands of students, disproportionately those from communities of color or low-income families. Officials use a variety of justifications to defend the closures, citing everything from budget concerns to promises of better opportunities for students. But as this new infographic from the OTL Campaign illustrates, these justifications don’t hold up to scrutiny.

A "No Excuse" Approach to Education Everyone Can Support

By Jeff Bryant, Education Opportunity Network

“No excuse" has been a mantra of education "reformers" who dismiss the effects of poverty and inequity on student achievement and instead fault teachers and school leaders. Last week, the term was forever rebranded by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who used it to critique policymakers in Philadelphia for pushing the school district into bankruptcy and failing to invest adequately and equitably in the city's schools.

“No excuse” has been a mantra from people who present themselves as advocates for “reforming” America’s public schools. And the term is a“pillar” of more than one popular charter school franchise.

2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2013-07-09
Author: 
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Type: 
reports
Category: 
early-care-education

The 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book provides a detailed picture of how children are faring in the United States. In addition to ranking states on overall child well-being, the Data Book ranks states in four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community.

"The Big Listen" Philly Students Talk About Impact of School Closures

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2013-07-02

Next year 23 schools in Philadelphia will be closed, and schools that remain open will be receiving hundreds of new students relocated from closed schools. At schools like South Philadelphia High School students are taking the lead to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible. Members of the school's chapter of the Philadelphia Student Union created "The Big Listen" - listening sessions for their classmates concerns to be heard.

Next year 23 schools in Philadelphia will be closed, and schools that remain open will be receiving hundreds of new students relocated from closed schools. At schools like South Philadelphia High School students are taking the lead to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible. Members of the school's chapter of the Philadelphia Student Union created "The Big Listen" - listening sessions for their classmates concerns to be heard.

Time to Reset the Education Agenda

By, Jeff Bryant, Education Opportunity Network

Months of protests by education and community organizers are unifying diverse factions across the nation in an effort to reverse education policy mandates and bolster public schools instead of punishing them and closing them down. The "Education Spring" has not gone unnoticed by people at the centers of policy, power and opinion in Washington.

The end of another school year is leaving a bad taste in many people’s mouths.

An Education Declaration to Rebuild America

Every revolution needs a declaration. Against a backdrop of surging grassroots discontent with how the nation's K-12 public schools are currently governed, a diverse coalition of leaders from across the country have joined in support of "An Education Declaration to Rebuild America."

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Diverse Education Network Rejects 30 Years of Failed Policy,
Calls for New Direction Based on Research, Equity & Supports

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