education-reform

COMMENTARY

School closings can hit rural communities hard — without any benefit | Opinion

BY: - January 10, 2020

Often schools close out of a belief that taking this step will save money and help students. Whether or not those benefits materialize, there are downsides for the locals.

What’s holding up appointments on this powerful state education board?

BY: - December 8, 2019

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh taxpayers have been paying for tens of thousands of dollars in legal bills in still-unsettled dispute.

COMMENTARY

Pa. teachers have it wrong: Turzai’s Harrisburg vouchers bill will help kids | Opinion

BY: - November 29, 2019

Harrisburg students have suffered for years in inadequate schools. Marooning them without choices won't help them.

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.