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10 hours of testimony on voucher bill

By the Notebook on Oct 22, 2010 02:49 PM

by Patrick Gailey

The state Senate’s Education Committee held a hearing on Oct. 13 to discuss the future of proposed Senate Bill 1405, which would amend current state law to allow for a publicly funded voucher program in Pennsylvania. The bill was proposed by Sen. Anthony Williams who, along with Sen. Andrew Dinniman and Sen. Jeffrey Piccola, led the hearing.

Group vows to create good schools for thousands

By Dale Mezzacappa on Oct 8, 2010 12:51 AM

A group of high-powered philanthropists, business leaders, public officials, and educators say they have the financial and political clout – and the determination to support schools that “work” and close down schools that don’t – to make Philadelphia the highest-performing urban district in the nation within five years.

Hot topic in governor's race: State funds for private tuition

By by Rajiv Venkataramanan on Sep 24, 2010 02:24 PM

School choice, including taxpayer-funded vouchers for students to attend non-public schools, has dominated the education discussion in the Pennsylvania campaign for governor.

Candidates for guv talk school choice

By the Notebook on Sep 15, 2010 12:34 PM

by Paul Jablow

 

Joe Watkins, chairman of Students First, yesterday described the 2010 Pennsylvania gubernatorial race as the only such contest in the country in which both candidates supported school choice.

Whether or not this was the case, the joint appearance at the National Constitution Center of Republican Tom Corbett and Democrat Dan Onorato was marked not by strong policy differences - both generally backed Watkins' school choice advocacy group's “wish list” - but by emphasis and nuance.

Valedictorians find success despite school-choice struggles

By by Monika Zaleska on Sep 7, 2010 11:47 AM

Janette Rivera, the 2010 valedictorian of Kensington High School of Business and Finance, knows the difference between a good school and one that is not so good. A Philly native, she left the city at age seven for Massachusetts, only to return just in time for high school.

“Stuff we learned in two months there, we learn in six months here [in Philadelphia],” she said, sitting outside the skyscraper housing Independence Blue Cross/Blue Shield, where for the last three summers she has interned for its CEO, Joseph A. Frick.

Voucher movement is alive, growing in PA

By Frank Murphy on Aug 26, 2010 10:59 AM

The progress of the voucher movement in Pennsylvania reminds me of an old adage that my neighbor shared with me the first time I planted ivy in my garden. Ivy sleeps when you first plant it. After a while it starts to creep. Eventually it leaps all over your garden. Like ivy, the voucher movement’s roots have begun to take hold and gain attention in the future landscape of Pennsylvania schooling.

'Waiting for Superman': Help or menace

By Paul Socolar on Jul 28, 2010 05:31 PM

"Waiting for 'Superman'," this year's highly touted education documentary, had a preview screening in Philadelphia Tuesday night, and its producer, Lesley Chilcott, clearly hopes it can have as big an impact on US schools as her previous collaboration with director Davis Guggenheim on "An Inconvenient Truth" had on awareness of the climate crisis.

Sen. Williams introduces voucher bill

By Brad Gibson on Jul 26, 2010 04:35 PM

State Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D-Philadelphia) has continued his advocacy for school vouchers in Pennsylvania by introducing the Opportunity Scholarship Act. Senate Bill 1405, introduced last month, would require the Department of Education to create an opportunity scholarship program for low-income students in districts with at least one chronically failing school.

Pew Report: Options are growing, but parents want still more

By Dale Mezzacappa on Jun 29, 2010 05:14 PM

Those of us who have been following the education world in Philadelphia for any length of time know that it has changed drastically just in the past decade. Catholic schools are on the wane. Charter schools are on the rise. And the public school system itself has undergone huge upheavals -- a state takeover, the advent of private management in some low-performing schools, the creation of dozens of additional high schools under Paul Vallas.

La Escuela Chárter Independence ofrece un mundo de oportunidades

By por Sarah Burgess on Jun 8, 2010 11:22 AM

Ericka Morris, mejor conocida por los estudiantes de 4to grado como la maestra Ericka, sabe cómo atrapar la atención de sus estudiantes. Este día en la Escuela Chárter Independence, están de pie en grupos fuera de la letra U formada por sus escritorios.

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