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Education funding eyed

Jan31

State Sen. John Wozniak, D-Westmont, wants Pennsylvania to re-examine how schools are funded and how districts are created in the commonwealth.   Read more at:  http://www.tribune-democrat.com/local/x1782764257/Education-funding-eyed More »

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Filmmaker Shyamalan talks about improving schools

Jan30

About 300 parents and educators came to Baldwin School on Wednesday evening to hear an unusual education reformer – director M. Night Shyamalan – talk about his ideas for closing America’s achievement gap.   Read more at: http://articles.philly.com/2014-01-30/news/46833205_1_achievement-gap-student-achievement-city-schools More »

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Low-income students falling behind on reading proficiency

Jan30

Learning to read by the end of third grade is crucial, those who study early childhood education say, because that’s the point at which children start using reading to learn other subjects. Those who are proficient in reading by the end of third grade are much more likely to graduate from high school, and to […] More »

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Philadelphia’s School Crisis: A City On The Brink

Jan30

My family and I moved out of Philadelphia last year. We did so reluctantly, and with a crippling heaping of guilt. It wasn’t the crime, or the taxes, or the grit. No, we left for the same reason that untold thousands have decamped for the suburbs before us: the crummy state of the city’s public schools, […] More »

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Education spending balloons, but students in some states get more money than others

Jan26

There is disagreement within education circles over whether spending more money per pupil leads to better results. But there is no disagreement that the amount of money states spend on education has erupted in recent years.   Continue reading at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/01/26/education-spending-balloons-but-students-in-some-states-get-more-money-than-others/ More »

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Pa. offers security grants to schools, area police

Jan25

Pennsylvania state officials said Thursday that 13 area school districts and police departments and one charter school in Philadelphia were awarded grants for school resource officers and school police officers.   Continue reading at: http://articles.philly.com/2014-01-25/news/46567393_1_school-police-officers-southeast-delco-area-police More »

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Parents Camp Out in Cold for School Registration

Jan25

While many people spent this morning bundled up under the covers indoors, several hopeful parents spent theirs outside in the bitter cold. The parents camped out in their cars in front ofthe School Lane Charter School on the 2400 block of Bristol Pike in Bensalem. Continue reading at: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Parents-Camp-Out-in-Cold-for-School-Registration-241954161.html More »

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Former SRC member Joseph Dworetzky reflects about the job

Jan23

Serving on the Philadelphia School Reform Commission was so important to Joseph Dworetzky that even after relocating to San Francisco two years ago he flew back at least once a month at his own expense for SRC meetings. The five commission members receive no pay. Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20140123_Former_SRC_member_Joseph_Dworetzky_reflects_about_the_job.html#5qrt1v9c1Dx4qchs.99 More »

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Report: Philly’s school ‘Renaissance’ a mixed bag

Jan23

The School District of Philadelphia’s latest attempt to turn around “underperforming” schools has yielded dramatic improvements in some cases, while many schools are still struggling, according to a recent report by the district. Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20140123_Report__Philly_s_school__Renaissance__a_mixed_bag.html#fmQDDzDtpGtAVXYA.99 More »

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Nutter: Story misleading

Jan23

THE Daily News grossly misled its readers with the story “Is Nutter Changing his tune on Charters.” Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/20140123_Nutter__Story_misleading.html#VLQpsc1UH7y4cgha.99 More »

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Is Nutter changing his tune on charters?

Jan22

In June, as the School District of Philadelphia was readying to close 24 traditional schools while students fled to charters, Mayor Nutter went on national TV to defend the decision.   Read more at: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140122_Is_Nutter_changing_his_tune_on_charters_.html More »

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Two Charter School Stories, One Lesson

Jan22

Pennsylvania has about $12 billion in outstanding debt, good enough for a No. 15 overall ranking in State deficit. In any school district as large as the School District of Philadelphia, there are going to be good schools and bad schools.   Continue reading at: http://philadelphia.regionsbusiness.com/print-edition-commentary/two-charter-school-stories-one-lesson/?utm_source=etargeter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Regions-Business_Weekly_01-23-14 More »

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Bill Green’s Views

Jan19

‘The Philadelphia Inquirer’ – 2014-01-19 – Bob Warner Below are excerpts from City Councilman Bill Green’s interview with The Inquirer hours after Gov. Corbett named him to head the School Reform Commission. On his plans, and working with Superintendent William R. Hite Jr.: “I have a plan but I have to sync my plan with […] More »

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Nomination of Farah Jimenez to SRC draws praise

Jan19

A day after Gov. Corbett nominated Farah Jimenez to the School Reform Commission, plaudits for the University of Pennsylvania-educated advocate for vulnerable families poured in Friday.   Continue reading at: http://articles.philly.com/2014-01-19/news/46349705_1_farah-jimenez-law-school-republican-club More »

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Pa. attorney general is probing cheating at Phila. schools

Jan19

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office is conducting a criminal investigation into allegations of widespread cheating among teachers and principals in Philadelphia schools, according to people with knowledge of the inquiry.   Continue reading at: http://articles.philly.com/2014-01-19/news/46349694_1_philadelphia-schools-53-district-schools-principals More »

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Green shelves mayoral ambitions for SRC job

Jan19

When Bill Green last sought reelection to City Council, in 2011, he was so openly interested in Philadelphia’s 2015 mayoral race that it became part of his pitch at ward meetings. Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20140119_Green_shelves_mayoral_ambitions_for_SRC_job.html More »

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American Paradigm Schools Celebrates the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the New Tacony Academy Charter School

Jan17

Tacony Academy Charter School celebrated the ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony of their highly-anticipated new school serving grades K-8 at 1330 Rhawn Street, Philadelphia 19111.  The ceremony included 700 students, the administrative staff, teachers and assistants gathering alongside Senator Mike Stack and Al Taubenberger, President of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. The […] More »

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Auditor General DePasquale to Hold Public Meetings on Ways to Improve Charter Schools

Jan17

Seeks to find ways to improve accountability, effectiveness, transparency HARRISBURG – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced a series of public informational meetings in late February and early March to explore ways to improve accountability, effectiveness and transparency of charter schools. “In my first year as auditor general we released audit reports for more than […] More »

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Sources: Corbett to propose boost in education funding

Jan17

Gov. Corbett will propose hundreds of millions of dollars in new education funding as the centerpiece of the budget he unveils next month, according to sources familiar with the plan. Read more at: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140117_Sources__Corbett_to_propose_boost_in_education_funding.html More »

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SRC OKs renewal of 3 charter schools, nixes another

Jan17

THE SCHOOL Reform Commission approved five-year renewals for three city charter schools, while taking steps to not renew the charter of another that serves mainly foster-care students. Read more at: http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20140117_SRC_OKs_renewal_of_3_charter_schools__nixes_another.html More »

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Charter School Receives ExxonMobil Alliance Grant Award

Jan16

Bear Creek Community Charter School has been awarded a $1,000 grant through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance.  The School was nominated for the grant by the Uni-Mart located at 3000 Bear Creek Boulevard and the Uni-Mart located at 3377 Bear Creek Boulevard in Bear Creek Township.  The grant will support the School’s innovated environmental education programs, […] More »

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Corbett to name Green SRC chair

Jan16

Gov. Corbett on Friday will announce that he is appointing City Councilman Bill Green IV to lead the School Reform Commission, PhillyClout has learned. Read more at: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/cityhall/Corbett-to-name-Green-SRC-chair.html More »

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Capitolwire: House takes baby steps toward addressing education funding.

Jan15

Capitolwire: House takes baby steps toward addressing education funding. By Kevin Zwick Staff Reporter Capitolwire HARRISBURG (Jan. 14) – Ahead of Gov. Tom Corbett’s fourth budget address, both sides of the House took very incremental steps Tuesday toward addressing how Pennsylvania funds basic education, an issue dogging the governor as he seeks re-election. The actions […] More »

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HIGHLIGHTS REGARDING CHARTER SCHOOLS

Jan15

Federal Actions On January 13, the FY2014 Omnibus Appropriations Act, which would wrap up all federal budget and appropriations matters for FY2014, was filed. Congress is expected to pass this legislation by the end of the week. HIGHLIGHTS REGARDING CHARTER SCHOOLS The bill provides $248.1 million for the Charter Schools Program (CSP), restoring $7M of […] More »

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Community members debate ‘common enrollment’ for city schools

Jan14

WITH A CHILD in seventh grade, Philadelphia resident Sarah Forrest has already begun navigating the high-school application process. Although it’s fairly simple for district-run schools, she said, the process can be anything but for charters. Read more at: http://articles.philly.com/2014-01-14/news/46188780_1_city-schools-common-enrollment-district-run-schools More »

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Bill requires schools to make budgets public

Jan13

The Pennsylvania House on Monday approved legislation requiring the state to create a searchable online database of the revenue and expenses of school districts and charter schools. Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2014/01/14/Bill-requires-schools-to-make-budgets-public/stories/201401140035 More »

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SRC gets an earful over universal enrollment

Jan13

For more than a year, a working group has been exploring sweeping changes to the way students apply and are assigned to city schools – a universal enrollment process that would boil Philadelphia School District, charter, and possibly private schools’ application and assignment systems into one. Read more at:http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20140114_Residents_tell_SRC_of_concerns_about_universal_enrollment.html More »

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Teacher evaluation fight may prove costly

Jan12

After the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded Pittsburgh Public Schools $40 million in 2009 to help improve teacher quality, the district and its teachers have received national attention for working together. Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/01/13/Teacher-evaluation-fight-may-prove-costly/stories/201401130116 More »

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Yes, schools can improve

Jan10

By Robert Maranto As happens every few years, the Philadelphia public schools face a crisis. In Christmas week, no less, dozens of academic-oriented school activities including debate, the Science Olympiad, and the Northeast High Space Research Center, were slashed. National Public Radio blames budget cuts, with new resources going to charter schools. Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/inquirer/20140110_Yes__schools_can_improve.html#aufvB6VpH1SUzZ8O.99 More »

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Letters: Pennsylvania Senate bill is a poison pill for online based learning

Jan10

Cyber schools are a valuable facet in the push to improve our education system, creating more options for parents and strengthening brick-and-mortar public schools by providing additional resources for students with unique learning needs.   Read more at: http://www.delcotimes.com/opinion/20140110/letters-pennsylvania-senate-bill-is-a-poison-pill-for-online-based-learning   More »

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SRC meeting to address possibility of universal enrollment

Jan10

When the School Reform Commission meets Monday for its monthly public strategy session, its goal will be to discuss the pros and cons of an unprecedented proposal: unifying the enrollment process for Philadelphia’s public, charter, and parochial schools.   Read more at: http://thenotebook.org/blog/146800/universal-plan-but-not-universal-support More »

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Pa. jury mostly deadlocks on charter school fraud

Jan09

A jury deadlocked Thursday on dozens of charges in a $6 million school fraud case in Philadelphia, while acquitting a charter school founder of witness tampering and five other counts. Read more here: http://www.centredaily.com/2014/01/09/3977511/pa-jury-mostly-deadlocks-on-charter.html#storylink=cpy More »

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Temple prof: Pa. cyber charters turning huge profits, sending tax dollars out of state

Jan06

Fewer teachers. No school building. No heating bill. Same cost. You’d think Pennsylvania’s 16 cyber-charter schools, which teach home-based students via the Web, would spend a lot less per student than bricks and mortar schools. Not so.   Continue reading at: http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/63557-temple-prof-pa-cyber-charters-turning-huge-profits-sending-tax-dollars-out-of-state More »

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Green Woods Charter School opens $13.5 million Roxborough location

Jan06

What had been a brownfield site in Roxborough will begin its new life as a campus devoted to environmental education this week. Continue reading at: http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/nw-philadelphia-more-stories/item/63550-green-woods-charter-school-opens-135-million-roxborough-location?__utma=94775514.1774029072.1389018466.1389018466.1389018466.1&__utmb=94775514.0.10.1389018473&__utmc=94775514&__utmx=-&__utmz=94775514.1389018473.1.1.utmcsr=(direct)|utmccn=(direct)|utmcmd=(none)&__utmv=-&__utmk=146495292 More »

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At Phila. high school, a daily struggle with budget cuts

Jan06

The principal parked her laptop on a student’s desk at the junction of two second-floor corridors at Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Her to-do list hovered in the hundreds, but it was 2 p.m., time for her to pull another shift as a hall monitor. Read more at: http://articles.philly.com/2014-01-06/news/45885448_1_budget-cuts-school-year-school-budgets More »

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Teacher Union Puts Bulls-eye on Pennsylvania Governor

Jan06

Pennsylvania’s largest teacher union, the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), made it clear to members in a Dec. 19 online newsletter that the defeat of Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is its top priority for 2014. Continue reading at: http://mediatrackers.org/pennsylvania/2014/01/06/teacher-union-puts-bulls-eye-pennsylvania-governor More »

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Pa. Senate set to tackle charter school reforms

Jan06

The state Senate is set to vote as early as this month on the latest proposal to overhaul Pennsylvania’s 16-year-old charter school law.   Continue reading at: http://www.ellwoodcityledger.com/news/state/pa-senate-set-to-tackle-charter-school-reforms/article_bbc1a0ae-3f73-5950-a1e8-4a92a196283b.html More »

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Pat Browne: Reforms would benefit special education students

Jan05

Nearly 270,000 children — or one out of every 61/2 students — receive special education services in Pennsylvania’s public schools. Most children are included in regular classrooms and receive all or much of their instruction alongside students who do not have special education needs. Families partner with dedicated professionals across the commonwealth to ensure that […] More »

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Green, possible SRC chief, gives views on schools

Jan01

Is Bill Green interested in becoming chair of the School Reform Commission? Sources say he is a finalist for the job; Green is mum on the subject.   Continue reading at: http://articles.philly.com/2014-01-01/news/45741865_1_charter-schools-traditional-public-schools-2014-15-preliminary-budget More »

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