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Stalemate in Harrisburg on Governor’s proposed education budget

After weeks of legislative wrangling, Pennsylvania is still far from a deal for increasing education funding and reducing property taxes.

Governor Ed Rendell has linked the need for tax reform and education funding and has threatened to veto any budget that does not include at least partial funding of his proposed preschool initiatives.

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Teacher vacancies persist at schools run by Edison, Victory

Six weeks before school opens, schools that are run by Edison and Victory, two for-profit school management companies, have many more teacher vacancies to fill than most other Philadelphia public schools. One middle school still has to find 19 teachers.

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Feds investigate PA test for discrimination against English language learners

All Pennsylvania public school students are required to meet state-mandated educational standards in reading, writing, and math as measured by the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). But for the more than 12,000 Philadelphia public school students classified as having limited English language proficiency, the administration of the test solely in English makes high achievement a difficult task at best.

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