Category Archives: Education

Professional Scam Operation Great at Scamming, Not So Great at Teaching Kids

Stop giving these people our money! A new study by Research for Action has found that Pennsylvania’s cyber-charter sector continues to yield subpar results on the state’s standardized tests. Using the state’s recently released school performance profile data for 2013-14, … More after the jump

Posted in Education, Issues

Never Forget: PA GOP Cut State’s Share of Education Spending from 44% to 33%

Democrats would have a much stronger rhetorical position in the education funding debate if they just dealt in simple percentages, and left Republicans to bore voters with tedious quibbling over the baseline and the raw spending numbers. Thinking about it in terms of percentages, … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Education, Issues

#PA26: A DelCo Senate Race Primer

If you haven’t heard, there’s an extremely important race brewing in Delaware County for the District 26 Senate seat which will soon be left vacant by retiring Republican Edwin “Ted” Erickson. The Democratic candidate, John Kane, is the business manager … More after the jump

Posted in Education, Elections, Environment, Issues, State Politics, State Senate

PA Working Families Makes its First Endorsement

New-to-Pennsylvania progressive organization Pennsylvania Working Families has been quietly plugging away this year, collecting signatures to put a local education control question on the ballot in Philly for this fall, and campaigining on minimum wage  in suburban Philly Republican districts , and now they’re … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Education, Greater Philadelphia, State Politics

#PAGov: Wolf Wants to Go Halfsies With Localities on Education Funding

The national average for state share of education funding is 48%. Tom Wolf is proposing taking the state share up to 50%. During the Rendell administration, the state’s share of education funding got up to a high of 44%, and under … More after the jump

Posted in Education, Elections, Governor, Issues

These Five Philly-Area Lawmakers Voted Against the Cigarette Tax

Anthony Williams was the only Democrat to vote to delay the cigarette tax, and that’ll cost him in the Democratic primary for Philly Mayor next year. But forget about that for now. These Republican lawmakers all benefit from a strong … More after the jump

Posted in Education, Elections, Issues, State House, State Senate

This is Why Property Taxes Are Going Up in Camp Hill

In Camp Hill, property taxes may go up.  The district’s roughly $19.8 million proposed budget for the 2014-15 school year, which was reviewed by the school board on Monday, is about 10 percent greater than this year’s budget and contains a gap … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Education, Environment, Harrisburg / South Central, Land Use, Transportation

We Still Need Diversity in Higher Education—Not Because It’s Right, But Because the Economy Demands It

Today, the Supreme Court upheld an amendment to Michigan’s constitution that bans affirmative action in admissions to public universities. Now that states can decide for themselves whether to ban the use of race as a factor in admission to public … More after the jump

Posted in Education, Issues, National Politics

#PA13: Leach endorsed by PSEA and NEA

State Senator Daylin Leach, a hopeful in the 13th congressional race, received the official support of two organizations that don’t have the greatest respect for his opponent, Representative Brendan Boyle: the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), but also the National … More after the jump

Posted in Education, Elections, Miscellany, National Politics, State House, State Politics, State Senate, US House

#PAGOV: GOP’s attack on Wolf is pretty weak

I don’t want this piece to be misconstrued as my official public support of Tom Wolf, but as I was reading Politics PA’s piece the other night about the recent attack by the PA GOP on Wolf’s business record, I had to … More after the jump

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