Hostility between school districts and charter schools is not news. But education leaders putting aside their differences to work together is. As readers of this newsletter know, for two and a half years CRPE has been engaging with, analyzing, and writing about 20 cities across the country where school district superintendents have signed “compacts” with […] More »
News & Notes
A year ago, Sens. Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin struck a background checks deal that appeared to offer the best chance for lawmakers to curb gun purchases by criminals and mentally ill people with a history of violence. Their effort was no match for gun owners’ groups that convinced Congress that the senators’ bill was […] More »
By Daniel Sean Kaye It was truly a joyful moment for me when I heard about the School District of Philadelphia’s “School Redesign Initiative.” Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. is asking any and everyone, inside and outside the district, to make suggestions on how to fix some of the issues impacting city schools. Read more. More »
Capitolwire: House calls off session next week; Philly cigarette tax bill officially stalled until September.
By Kevin Zwick Staff Reporter Capitolwire HARRISBURG (July 31) – House GOP leaders announced they will not return to the Capitol next week to vote a bill enabling Philadelphia to increase its cigarette tax to help fund its schools. House Speaker Sam Smith and Majority Leader Mike Turzai have asked Gov. Tom Corbett to advance […] More »
It seemed any of the students posing with a shovel for a photo op gave the same answer. Eager to get into the new school they were “breaking ground” for? You bet! Read more. More »