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.

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."

Stand With Philadelphia. Take a "Solidarity Selfie"!

Posted on: Wednesday October 15th, 2014

Philadelphia's schools are under attack. Teachers and community members need your help. Take and share a "solidarity selfie" to show your support!

Philadelphia's schools are under attack.
Teachers and community members need your help.

Take and share a "solidarity selfie" to show your support!

The Campaign for Fair Education Funding Kicks Off in PA

Posted on: Tuesday October 14th, 2014

Over 40 organizations helped launch The Campaign for Fair Education Funding, which is pushing for Pennsylvania to adopt a fair, sustainable funding system for the state's schools. Learn more about the campaign at www.fairfundingpa.org.

The momentum has been building for years, and now the fight for fair school funding in Pennsylvania has officially launched! Last week, over 40 organizations helped kick off The Campaign for Fair Education Funding, which is pushing for the state to adopt a fair, sustainable funding system for the state's schools. Read the press release below and learn more about the campaign at www.fairfundingpa.org

The Fight for Public Education: Coming to a School Near You!

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2014-09-30

Philadelphia's schools opened at the start of this school year in the midst of a funding crisis. While state lawmakers dragged their heels on a proposed cigarette tax to provide money for the city's schools, parents, students and teachers took to the streets for a week of protests to demand the full, fair funding their schools deserve. The Media Mobilizing Project captured the week of protests in this great new video.

Philadelphia's schools opened at the start of this school year in the midst of a funding crisis. While state lawmakers dragged their heels on a proposed cigarette tax to provide money for the city's schools, parents, students and teachers took to the streets for a week of protests to demand the full, fair funding their schools deserve. The Media Mobilizing Project captured the week of protests in this great new video:

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Philly Schools Score Small Funding Victory - But It's Not Enough

Posted on: Wednesday September 24th, 2014

After months of turmoil and uncertainty, Philadelphia's resource-starved schools finally caught a break: a new, stable source of funding. The Pennsylvania state senate authorized a city-level $2-per-pack cigarette tax that will raise $170 million for the city's schools each year.


Photo via Ron Tarver | Philly.com
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