education-reform

COMMENTARY

Tuition vouchers will do more harm to Harrisburg’s recovering schools than good | Opinion

BY: - November 17, 2019

It couldn’t come at a worst time — just as the recovery process is starting to work in Harrisburg.

COMMENTARY

Turzai’s vouchers bill is on deck in the Pa. House next week. Let’s send it to the back of the class | Opinion

BY: - November 15, 2019

Under Turzai's leadership, the Pennsylvania Legislature has been willfully and deliberately ignoring the state’s historic gross inequity in school funding.

COMMENTARY

DeVos’ formula revealed: Trash public schools and push privatization | Opinion

BY: - November 4, 2019

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos discusses "expanding education freedom" for American students. That means something else entrely.

A new policy would level the playing field for educators whose students live in poverty. Why isn’t Philadelphia on board?

BY: - October 30, 2019

Pennsylvania may become the first state to use these weighted scores to judge a teacher’s performance in the classroom. 

COMMENTARY

With battle lines drawn, is there a way to ‘Yes’ on charter school reform? | John L. Micek

BY: - September 5, 2019

As they fight over turf, it often seems like the two sides in Pa's argument over charter schools are forgetting their first duty: The state's children.

House Speaker Mike Turzai proposes school voucher program for Harrisburg City Schools 

BY: - August 27, 2019

The plan would require the Harrisburg City Schools to award scholarships of at least $4,100 to children who wish to enroll in private or public schools.

COMMENTARY

Pa.’s public schools need our help. Gov. Tom Wolf was right to veto private school tax credit bill | Opinion

BY: - June 20, 2019

By Susan Spicka It’s budget season in Harrisburg. At a time of year when we should be talking about funding to meet public schools’ needs, instead we’ve been hearing more about massive giveaways of taxpayer dollars to well-off families who send their children to private schools. The Pennsylvania House and Senate passed legislation sponsored by […]

COMMENTARY

Lawmakers, Wolf need to fix Pennsylvania’s charter school funding imbalance | Opinion

BY: - June 18, 2019

Our concerns are not whether charter schools are good or bad. Instead, our concern is how current state policy funds charter schools.

COMMENTARY

Pa. needs more money for public schools. Not tax credits for private schools | Opinion

BY: - June 15, 2019

Thank you, Gov. Tom Wolf, for your veto of a bad bill.

At Capitol rally, educators call for charter school funding reform, better oversight

BY: - April 29, 2019

Some 200 educators gathered in the state Capitol rotunda Monday to call for changes in the way the state pays for the taxpayer-funded institutions.

COMMENTARY

Charter school cap efforts are gaining momentum. Here’s why | Analysis

BY: - March 10, 2019

A number of states are considering laws to put charter school growth on pause, saying they drain resources from public schools. A school finance expert explains the logic behind the efforts.

New report claims $250M savings from cyber-charter funding reform

BY: - February 18, 2019

A progressive advocacy group says fixing the way Pennsylvania funds cyber-charter schools would save the taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year, cut down on waste at the schools, and improve student outcomes. The group, Education Voters of Pa., says it wants lawmakers to set a statewide tuition rate for the online schools at […]