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(Sept 22) Secretary of Education announces Flexible Instructional Days pilot program for Pennsylvania schools

Text of Sept. 22 press release. Harrisburg – Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq today announced that a Flexible Instructional Days pilot program is available to schools across the commonwealth. Flexible Instructional Days offer schools the ability to use non-traditional … Continue reading »

(Sept 5) Corbett’s key electoral battleground — the classroom, not the campaign trail

John L. Micek The Patriot-News / pennlive.com If there’s one enemy that Gov. Tom Corbett has spent more time fighting than the Democrats who are gunning for his job, it’s the enduring claim that the Republican gutted Pennsylvania’s public schools … Continue reading »

(Sept 5) PA Supreme Court to hear charter school lawsuit Tuesday

By Eric Boehm PA Independent The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday in a case challenging the Philadelphia School District’s decision to place limits on charter school enrollment. The School Reform Commission, a state-appointed body that runs the … Continue reading »

(Sept 3) Free all-day kindergarten rolls out across Minnesota

Free all-day kindergarten rolls out across Minnesota By: Kim McGuire, Star Tribune This year, for the first time, the state of Minnesota is picking up the $134 million tab for full-day kindergarten, a move educators hope will provide an academic … Continue reading »

(Aug 31) Funding for charter schools source of gubernatorial debate as 80% of students leaving traditional public schools enroll in charters having inferior state test performance

Charters Still An Issue On the eve of Labor Day, as schools across the state prepare to open for a new year, Pennsylvania still lacks clear strategies to tackle two of public education’s worst problems – inadequate funding of local … Continue reading »

(Aug 26) Basic Ed circuit riders to boost awareness for need of ‘fair and predictable’ school funding

By Christen Smith Staff Reporter Capitolwire HARRISBURG (Aug. 26) — Eleven “circuit riders” will deploy across the state Wednesday on a year-long mission to educate school district officials about the need for a fair and predictable basic education funding formula … Continue reading »

(Aug 25) Study finds “de facto” segregation among charter schools

By Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief WITF Charter schools in Pennsylvania are defined by their flexibility and freedom from many state regulations. A new study shows they’re also marked by their lack of diversity. Penn State researchers found “de facto … Continue reading »

(Aug 25) Pennsylvania won’t delay using student scores to evaluate teachers

By Adam Clark The Morning Call Pennsylvania won’t delay using student test scores to evaluate teachers, despite U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s surprise announcement Thursday that states can do so. This fall, for the first time, teachers across the state … Continue reading »

(Aug 20) PASA / PASBO Basic Education Funding Commission School Finance Briefing Presentation

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About PA Education Funding, But Were Afraid to Ask By Jim Buckheit, Executive Director, PA Association of School Administrators and Jay Himes, Executive Director, PA Association of School Business Officials www.pasa-net.org/SchoolFundingPP.pdf

(Aug 19) New Philly research consortium to “provide research and analyses on some of the city’s most pressing education issues” for the city’s district and charter sectors.

By Kevin McCorry Newsworks A first-of-its-kind research partnership that could highly influence Philadelphia’s public schools was announced Tuesday. The Philadelphia Education Research Consortium (PERC) – funded by a three-year $900,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation – will “provide research … Continue reading »