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(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 »

(Aug 18) Manderino to head new school funding campaign

(Text of August 18 press release from Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children) HARRISBURG – A former state lawmaker with a reputation for consensus-building will manage a newly formed, non-partisan campaign to address one of Pennsylvania’s most important and challenging issues: the … Continue reading »

(Aug 11) Lunch lady rises to teachers union leader and takes on all comers, bluntly

By Lyndsey Layton August 11 at 6:33 PM She began her career in a school cafeteria, as a lunch lady. In three weeks, she will take over as head of the nation’s largest labor union, representing 3 million educators. Lily Eskelsen … Continue reading »

(July 23) Philly schools open up overhaul proposals to community

By Solomon Leach Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 3:01 AM EDUCATORS, PARENTS, community groups and universities that have bold ideas to improve a Philadelphia public school now have a vehicle to pitch their plans. The school district yesterday announced the … Continue reading »

(July 22) Narberth teacher designs app to help educators meet Pa. evaluation requirements

By Kevin McCorry July 21, 2014 Katy Morris, an eighth-grade algebra and geometry teacher at Welsh Valley Middle school in Narberth, is out to revolutionize how teachers experience the evaluation process. This past school year, Pennsylvania adopted a new statewide … Continue reading »

(July 21) NPR: In Asheville, N.C., Summer Vacation Lasts Just A Few Weeks

by Greta Johnsen July 21, 2014 It’s the first day of school at Hall Fletcher Elementary in Asheville, N.C. Principal Gordon Grant stands outside in a white suit and bow tie, greeting students. The kids arrive sporting fresh haircuts and … Continue reading »