For many families choosing high schools, it’s either magnet or charter

By thenotebook by Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks Chrislie Dor, a budding poet at age 14, stands like Frost’s narrator at a fork in the road. The paths diverge not in a yellow wood, but instead the concrete jungle that is Philadelphia public education. Looking down one bend as far as she can, Chrislie sees the School District’s selective-admission magnet high schools. Looking down the othe... »

Over jeers and shouts, SRC suspends parts of school code

Over jeers and shouts, SRC suspends parts of school code

By Dale Mezzacappa Entering the overflowing room to a chorus of boos, struggling to be heard above the derisive shouts of hundreds of teachers, students and parents, the School Reform Commission voted Thursday to suspend parts of the Pennsylvania School Code. Image: …read more Source: The Notebook        Related articles SRC Votes To Suspend School Code, Bypassing Union Seniority Rules ... »

Philly school principals are appealing directly to parents for cash

Philly school principals are appealing directly to parents for cash

By thenotebook by Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks “Free” public education just got a bit more expensive for parents at Center City’s Greenfield Elementary School. Feeling a pinch from the Philadelphia School District’s budget shortfall, Greenfield principal Dan Lazar has sent parents an “urgent request” asking families to contribute $613 per student. read more ̷... »

Weekend Edition – Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for April 13, 2013: Campbell’s law and Rhee-visiting the DC test cheating scandal

By Lawrence A. Feinberg Daily postings from the Keystone State Education Coalition now reach more than 1900 Pennsylvania education policymakers – school directors, administrators, legislators, legislative and congressional staffers, PTO/PTA officers, parent advocates, teacher leaders, education professors, members of the press and a broad array ofSource: Keystone State Education Coalition    »

Pennsylvania Public School News Updates

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Parent Trigger = Parent Tricker

This is a must-read EdWeek article by Diane Ravitch with regard to the trickery behind the “parent trigger” law, and the recent decision by the U.S. Conference of Mayors to endorse a boilerplate bill pushed in four states by a hard-line right-wing group (ALEC). She notes that not one of the charter laws in CA, CT, MS, and TX has resulted in the success conversion of a public school int... »

PA School Voucher Bills Alert — Taxpayer Dollars to Pay for Creationism, "Biblical Captitalism"?

We interviewed Rachel Tabachnick, one of K12NN’s contributors back in June, 2011. At that time, she had been tracking quite closely the movement of a school voucher bill through the Pennsylvania state legislature, where it passed one house but didn’t pass the other. Now, it’s almost certain that the school voucher bill will be raised again. Listen to internet radio with MOMocrats... »

Preview of "School Choice: Taxpayer-Funded Creationism, Bigotry, and Bias"

School voucher efforts back by religious extremists that use taxpayer money (and corporate tax credits) to fund creationism and religious bigotry at private schools. These efforts are most active in PA and FL, although efforts are afoot in several states. »

Vouchers/Tax Credits Funding Creationism, Revisionist History, Hostility Toward Other Religions

Are your state's tax dollars funding the teaching of religious supremacism and bigotry? What about Creationism? The answer is undoubtedly yes, if you live in a state with a voucher or corporate tax credit program funding "school choice." »

From Guest Blogger Rachel Tabachnick, Talk to Action: Voucher Advocate Betsy DeVos, Right-Wing Think Tanks Behind Koch-Style Attack on PA Public Schools (Section 3)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011: ultra-conservative donor Betsy DeVos and other right-wing funders will try to undermine Pennsylvania public schools with a voucher bill in the PA state legislature. Contact your representatives and tell them VOTE NO ON VOUCHERS! (Section 3 of a long 3-part article on the subject.) »

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