Pennsylvania

The Color of School Closures

Posted on: Tuesday April 23rd, 2013

Mass school closings have become a hallmark of today's dominant education policy agenda. But rather than helping students, these closures disrupt whole communities. And as U.S. Department of Education data suggests, the most recent rounds of mass closings in Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia disproportionately hurt Black and low-income students.

Mass school closings have become a hallmark of today's dominant education policy agenda. But rather than helping students, these closures disrupt whole communities. And as U.S. Department of Education data suggests, the most recent rounds of mass closings in Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia disproportionately hurt Black and low-income students. 

What can you do to end these discriminatory and unacceptable school closures?

Lost Opportunity 50 State Report

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2009-09-23
Type: 
Report

In Lost Opportunity: A 50 State Report on the Opportunity to Learn in America, the Schott Foundation for Public Education establishes a metric for determining the opportunity to learn for students. Providing a state-by-state comparison of both academic proficiency (percentage of students scoring at or above proficient on the eighth grade NAEP reading exam) and equity (as measured by the Schott Foundation’s Opportunity to Learn Index, or OTLI), Lost Opportunity identifies the four baseline minimum resources that are necessary for a child – regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status – to have a fair and substantive Opportunity to Learn.

In the United States, every student should have the equal right to a high-quality education.  But as our most recent data demonstrates, for far too many students, quality and equity are aspirations, not realities.  Few states are providing public school educations that result in academic proficiency for students.  And even fewer states are providing access to a high-quality education to all students, particularly those from historically disadvantaged groups.

Students Speak Out Against High-Stakes Testing in #MoreThanATest Photo Campaign

Posted on: Wednesday May 6th, 2015

As policymakers apply ever higher stakes to standardized tests, parents, educators, and students have been speaking out against the damage this causes to their education. In Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Student Union started a photo campaign with the hashtag #MoreThanATest to show just how and why these tests fail to measure their full potential.

MoreThanATest CampaignAs policymakers apply ever higher stakes to standardized tests, parents, educators, and students have been speaking out against the damage this causes to their education. In Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Student Union started a photo campaign with the hashtag #MoreThanATest to show just how and why these tests fail to measure their full potential.

Polls Show Pennsylvania Voters Want Fair School Funding

Posted on: Wednesday May 6th, 2015

Two polls illuminate how deeply Pennsylvania voters care about funding for their schools with 74% of voters supporting an increase in funding and 80% supporting the creation a fair funding formula to distribute state aid to the schools and students with the highest needs.

PA Fair Funding CampaignIt should come as no surprise that recent polls show Pennsylvania voters care deeply about funding for their schools. In the most recent gubernatorial election, Governor Tom Wolf ran and won on a platform largely focused on educational issues and creating a fair funding formula for Pennsylvania's schools.

PA School Funding Case Going to State Supreme Court

Posted on: Monday April 27th, 2015

The school funding case working its way through the Pennsylvania court system ran into a temporary setback when a lower court ruled that the court system lacked the jurisdiction to rule on whether the state was failing to provide adequate funding to schools and students. The defendants are filing an appeal and the case will now advance to the State Supreme Court.

Education Law CenterPennsylvania schools are the most inequitably funded in the United States, in large part because of the lack of a fair funding formula for distributing state funds and because of Recession-era budget cuts.

PA Districts Sue State Over Inequitable School Funding

Posted on: Wednesday March 18th, 2015

The Education Law Center of Pennsylvania and the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCP) filed a suit on behalf of six school districts, two associations, and seven parents against the state in an attempt to prove that the government has failed to provide the "thorough and efficient" public educational system promised in the state constitution.

While Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and the state legislature argue over his proposed budget increase for education, some districts and parents are taking another route to fight for increased funding for their schools: the courts. The Education Law Center of Pennsylvania and the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCP) filed a suit on behalf of six school districts, two associations, and seven parents against the state in an attempt to prove the government's non-compliance in providing the "thorough and efficient" public educational system promised in

Campaign for Fair Education Funding Proposes New, Equitable Formula for PA

Posted on: Wednesday March 4th, 2015

Education advocates in Pennslyvania continue to fight for equitable funding for their schools, and especially for the drastically underfunded district of Philladelphia. Budget cuts left the distrct without supplies, school nurses, and other much needed resources, depriving students of the most basic nessecities for a quality education. The Campaign for Fair Education Funding's (CFEF) new proposal would provide desperately needed relief to this and to other struggling districts.

Philly Organizers Limit Charter Expansion

Posted on: Monday March 2nd, 2015

No one was entirely happy with the Philadelphia School Reform Comission (SRC)'s vote last week to approve 5 new charter schools for the district (out of a total of 39 applicants), but for many of the protestors crowding the meeting room, the vote was at least a small victory to limit the financial burden charters have on Philadelphia's already financially struggling public schools.

No one was entirely happy with the Philadelphia School Reform Commission (SRC)'s vote last week to approve five new charter schools for the district (out of a total of 39 applicants), but for many of the protestors crowding the meeting room, the vote was at least a small victory to limit the financial burden charters have on Philadelphia's already financially struggling public schools. 

Philly Coalition Releases Powerful Platform for City Elections

Posted on: Friday January 9th, 2015

Ahead of local elections, the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools released a powerful platform that unites the funding issues facing the city’s struggling schools with the need for broader investments to support whole communities. 

In just a few weeks, Pennsylvania will get a new governor, Tom Wolf, who far stronger ally of public schools than his predecessor, Tom Corbett. This change in leadership is thanks in large part to the many education organizers across the state, but especially in Philadelphia, who spent the run-up to the gubernatorial elections highlighting the dire impact of Corbett's state budget cuts to schools. 

School Funding Headed to Court in Pennsylvania

Posted on: Tuesday December 2nd, 2014

School funding advocates in Pennsylvania are taking the state to court charging that Pennsylvania's current funding system is not only inadequate but also unconstitutional because it fails to "provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education."

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