More Smoke and Mirrors on Property Taxes from Harrisburg

From Education Voters of Pennsylvania (http://www.educationvoterspa.org/): On November 7, 2017, Pennsylvania voters will find a proposed amendment to the PA Constitution, Joint Resolution 1, on their ballots. It reads: Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to permit the General Assembly to … Continued

Court Rules PA Parents Can Challenge State Education Funding

Posted at http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-10-02/education/court-rules-pa-parents-can-challenge-state-education-funding/a59639-1 October 2, 2017 – Andrea Sears, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window The Pennsylvania Constitution requires “the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education.” (stevepb/pixabay) HARRISBURG, Pa. – Public … Continued

Tell PA Legislators to Stop Using Standardized Tests as Main Measure of Public Schools

From Education Voters of Pennsylvania (http://www.educationvoterspa.org/): Pennsylvania has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reduce the emphasis on standardized testing in our children’s public schools. Unfortunately, and predictably, some PA lawmakers are fighting against this. Go to https://actionnetwork.org/letters/pa-lawmakers-stop-using-standardized-test-scores-to-label-public-schools to tell state lawmakers … Continued

Without State Budget, Public Schools Face Cuts of $1 Billion—Tell PA Legislators to Pass a Budget

From the Campaign for Fair Education Funding (http://fairfundingpa.org/): Unless our state leaders take action to fund the state budget, our public schools could be facing cuts of nearly $1 billion.  The legislature passed budget this summer but not a revenue … Continued

PA Principals Say Quality Pre-K Works

Posted at http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-09-21/education/pa-principals-say-quality-pre-k-works/a59498-1 September 21, 2017 – Andrea Sears, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window The report says every dollar invested in quality pre-K programs returns $4 in the long term. (an3344625/Pixabay) HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania school … Continued

Budget Impasse Called Man-Made Disaster for Schools

Posted at http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-09-14/education/budget-impasse-called-man-made-disaster-for-schools/a59426-1 September 14, 2017 – Andrea Sears, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window If a revenue bill is not passed by Friday, school funding may be cut by $1 billion. (12019/Pixabay) HARRISBURG, Pa. — While … Continued

Groups Say Budget Deadline Could Mean Cuts

Posted at http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-09-12/budget-policy-and-priorities/groups-say-budget-deadline-could-mean-cuts/a59409-2 September 12, 2017 – Andrea Sears, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window Advocates warn that education funding could be cut by $1 billion this school year. (pxhere) HARRISBURG, Pa. – A wide-raging coalition of … Continued

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