Pennsylvania

Let's Commit to Equalizing Educational Opportunity!

Severing the link between school finance and local property taxes would help to eliminate the funding inequities that plague our schools and that deprive low-income students of the resources and opportunities they need to succeed. In the Sunday Dialogue section in the New York Times, Dr. John H. Jackson, President and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, argues for a more just method for funding our nation's schools.

In the Sunday Dialogue section in the New York Times, Dr. John H. Jackson, President and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, argues for a more just method for funding our nation's schools.

Poorest City in U.S. (Reading, PA) Loses Pre-K

Reading, PA, the poorest city in the U.S. is in dire straights thanks to cuts in the state's education budget. To make ends meet, the city has been forced to eliminate it's pre-Kindergarten program and furlough 110 teachers. 

It's a sad day for Reading, PA, the poorest city in the U.S. As a result of cuts to the state's education budget, the city has been forced to eliminate it's pre-Kindergarten program and furlough 110 teachers in order to make ends meet. 

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Who's Killing Philly Public Schools?

Philadelphia's public school system is on the edge of a precipice, hammered by budget cuts from Harrisburg and an influx of market-based "reform" agendas. This disturbing investigative piece by Daniel Denvir of Philly's City Paper shines a light on the often shadowy forces and political process at work — and should be a wake-up call for education advocates in every community: if it can happen here, it can happen anywhere.

Philadelphia's public school system is on the edge of a precipice, hammered by budget cuts from Harrisburg and an influx of market-based "reform" agendas. This disturbing investigative piece by Daniel Denvir of Philly City Paper shines a light on the often shadowy forces and political process at work — and should be a wake-up call for education advocates in every community: if it can happen here, it can happen anywhere.

Massive Overhaul of Philadelphia Public Schools

A proposed overhaul of the cash-strapped Philadelphia Public School District would cut costs by closing 64 schools and dividing the remaining schools into "achievement networks" that will be run by a mix of district educators and outside institutions like charter management organizations. 

City officials are recommending that Philadelphia Public Schools undergo a massive overhaul that would close 64 schools over the next five years and drastically increase the number of charter schools operating in the city. 

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"Safe To Count on Me Campaign"

Dust off your cameras because Youth United for Change is looking for some short video submissions for their newest campaign! The Philly-based youth advocacy group has done some great work over the years related to school discipline and restorative justice. They've just launch the "Safe to Count on Me Campaign," which aims fight the negative portrayal of young people in Philadelphia.

Dust off your cameras because Youth United for Change is looking for some short video submissions for their newest campaign! The Philly-based youth advocacy group has done some great work over the years related to school discipline and restorative justice. They've just launch the "Safe to Count on Me Campaign," which aims fight the negative portrayal of young people in Philadelphia.

Exclusionary Zoning Denies Poor Access to Quality Schools

New Study: It costs almost $11,000 more per year to live near high-quality schools than low-quality schools. This "housing cost gap," which is the result of exclusionary zoning policies, means that low-income students are less likely to attend good schools, thereby denying them access to the educational opportunities they need to succeed and escape poverty. 

It's a big week for studies focused the relationship between location and educational opportunity: First, the Schott Foundation's report on education redlining in New York City public schools that revealed city policies and practices systematically deny educational opportunities to the districts and schools with high percentages of poor and students of color.

Cookies for Education: Mock Bake Sale in Protest of Education Cuts

It would take roughly 343,561,144 cookies sold at a school bake sale to pay for $171,780,572 cuts in school budgets in Southwestern Pennsylvania, says the group Tell Everyone All Cuts Hurt (TEACH), which held a mock back sale to protest cuts to the state's education budget. 

Pop quiz:

How many cookies (price: 50 cents) would you have to sell to pay for the $171,780,572 cuts in school budgets in Southwestern Pennsylvania? 

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2020 Vision Roadmap: A Pre-K Through Postsecondary Roadmap for Educational Success

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2012-04-11
Author: 
National Opportunity to Learn Campaign
Type: 
policy
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

In 2010, the President set a goal for the U.S. to become the global leader in postsecondary degree attainment by the year 2020. Yet, more than 7,000 students, many of whom are not proficient in reading and math, are leaving or being pushed out of U.S. schools each day. This study shows that the U.S. cannot achieve the President’s 2020 goal if our schools continue to hemorrhage large segments of our nation’s youth. Accordingly, this document is designed to serve as a blueprint for implementing a comprehensive package of policy reforms that seek to increase the quantity of students who succeed at every stage of the educational pipeline and the quality of the education they receive. Different from most calls for reform, it considers the educational pipeline in its entirety—from early childhood through postsecondary attainment—and offers evidence‐informed strategies to boost access, quantity and quality at every stage.

The State of Preschool 2011

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2012-04-10
Author: 
National Institute for Early Education Research
Type: 
reports
Category: 
early-care-education

This report from the National Institute for Early Education Research analyzes national and state statistics and trends on the availabilty of quality Pre-K programs across the country. The report includes detailed state profiles that measure not just access access to early education opportunities but also whether available Pre-K programs meet a set of 10 benchmarks for quality. 

More Kids in Pre-K, But Less Per-Student Funding

According to a new report, Pre-K enrollment has doubled in the U.S. over the past ten years. But because of budget cuts, state per-child spending for Pre-K programs has decreased dramatically. 

The good news: More students than ever are enrolled in Pre-K programs in the U.S. The bad news: The rising number of Pre-K students coupled with state education budget cuts across the country has drastically reduced per-child spending on Pre-K programs.  

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