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Thursday, March 7, 2019 9:26 AM

Charter schools can be viewed through multiple lenses when comparing them to traditional public schools: academics, innovation, cost. Another lens with which to assess the value of charters is how equitable they are in their choice of students. When the Education Law Center (ELC) recently scrutinized student populations, they found that charters were not serving as broad a range of students as traditional district schools.
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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, March 6, 2019.

 
Thursday, March 7, 2019 8:25 AM

Secondary Members: Please contact members of Congress now asking them to co-sponsor a resolution in support of National Public Schools Week.

On March 25, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) will join national education organizations across the country for Public Schools Week — a week to honor and showcase the achievements happening every day in America’s public schools and demonstrate the potential for even greater accomplishments in the future.

Nine out of every 10 students attend a public school. Public schools must serve every child—regardless of ability, religion, wealth, language, country of origin, or need. We know that by strengthening the public school system, we strengthen our democracy.

Despite the critical importance of public education, many members of Congress and other policymakers in recent years have supported cutting funding or diverting funding toward private school vouchers. We need to demand that our officials take a stand in supporting public schools and commit to strengthening and protecting our public education system.

That’s why we are asking you to contact your representative now and ask them to co-sponsor a resolution for Public Schools Week that recognizes that public schools are the foundation of a 21st-century democracy and ensure America’s children and youth can contribute to the society, economy and citizenry of the country. 

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019 1:15 PM

PA Schools WorkIn the state with the largest gap between the poorest and wealthiest districts, only larger increases of state funding targeted to the districts that need it most will enable an excellent education for every child regardless of zip code. Property taxes are high because the state isn’t paying its share.
 
Please sign on, if you want Gov. Wolf and the legislature to FUND PA PUBLIC SCHOOLS NOW. #WeWorkforFunding 
 
 

 

 
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 9:03 AM

A new report on school safety from the American Civil Liberties Union confirms what leaders in Pennsylvania districts with large numbers of disadvantaged kids have been seeing for years -- too many students are getting arrested instead of receiving mental health aid to head off violence before it starts.
Philadelphia Inquirer, March 5, 2019
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Tuesday, March 5, 2019 8:48 AM

Lawmakers from the powerful state House Appropriations Committee cast doubt on the fate of Governor Tom Wolf's proposal to set the state's teacher-salary minimum at $45,000 a year.
WITF, March 5, 2019
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Tuesday, March 5, 2019 8:45 AM

Proposed legislation in Harrisburg would save some Lehigh Valley school districts millions of dollars each year in cyber charter tuition, but could leave the online schools in a dire state and hinder school choice for parents and students.
Allentown Morning Call, March 3, 2019
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Tuesday, March 5, 2019 8:43 AM

A leading education organization is calling on Gov. Tom Wolf to prevent a state board from ruling on charter school appeals until he works with the state Senate to fill its six seats.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star, March 4, 2019
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Monday, March 4, 2019 10:06 AM

Some local education officials believe legislation introduced at the state level that amends how cyber schools are funded could significantly curb expenses for public education.
Observer-Reporter, March 2, 2019
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Monday, March 4, 2019 10:03 AM

Pennsylvania's governor is promoting a statewide infrastructure plan as a way to fund the expansion of broadband into areas that lack high-speed access to the internet.
Associated Press, March 1, 2019
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Monday, March 4, 2019 10:02 AM

Every school district in Pennsylvania received a memo last week from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In the memo entitled "Act 44 Updates," the department laid out its interpretation of Act 44 and states the School Code identifies only two types of school security personnel that can carry a firearm: school police officers and school resource officers.
ABC Channel 27, March 1, 2019
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