Opinion columns by state policymakers, other education and policy leaders, and EPLC president Ron Cowell about significant current and emerging education policy issues.
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By Jan Murphy, The Patriot-News Less than two months from when Pennsylvania school districts were expected to begin implementing the controversial Pennsylvania Common Core Standards, Gov. Tom Corbett has ordered a delay. Department of Education spokesman Tim Eller said the governor made … Continue reading
Pennsylvania Office of the Governor News for Immediate ReleaseMay 15, 2013 Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today announced that Ronald J. Tomalis willleave his post as Secretary of Education on May 31 to become Special Adviser tothe Governor on Higher … Continue reading
(May 23) Homeless Youth in Philadelphia – Survey taken by youth who are enrolled in the School District of Philadelphia. The report includes an estimate of the prevalence and risk factors of the youth who experienced homelessness.
Recent Philadelphia Youth Risk Behavior Survey analyses revealed the following key findings: Approximately 8% of all Philadelphia public high school students reported having experiencing homelessness, and almost 11% reported that they had been kicked out, run away, or abandoned. Youth … Continue reading
By Jan Murphy, The Patriot-News A controversy is brewing in Pennsylvania over a new set of academic standards that will undergird all instruction in public school classrooms, starting this fall. Called the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards, this initiative provides a framework … Continue reading
By Jan Murphy, The Patriot-News Public education groups are calling on Gov. Tom Corbett and state lawmakers to make a three-year commitment to restore the $900 million cut from public school funding two years ago. The groups say they can … Continue reading
By Don Block, Executive Director, Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council Forty thousand Pennsylvanians face a critical deadline this year. Few of them know about it. Forty thousand is the number of the state’s residents who have started the process of getting … Continue reading
By Sarah Hofius Hall, The Times-Tribune During Wednesday’s meeting, Mr. Tomalis addressed many issues in education. Topics discussed included: – The state will continue to analyze Scranton’s Pennsylvania System of School Assessment results, including erasure patterns. Scranton was one of … Continue reading