President Obama used his penultimate State of the Union address to call for a dramatic expansion in college access and increased investments in early childhood, including help for parents in covering child-care costs. But both proposals are part of a broad overhaul of the tax system that is already getting the thumbs-down from a Republican-controlled Congress.
Meanwhile, K-12 policy largely took a back seat, despite an escalating debate in Congress over federally mandated student testing.
DN Editorial: Formula follows function. Daily News
Pennsylvanians can now check out the broad strokes of their school districts' finances using a state website.
The Department of Education's PA School Performance site now displays school districts' general fund balances, tuition rates paid to charter schools, and average teacher salaries.
Wolf appoints SDoL superintendent to top education post. Lancaster Online
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INSIDE TAKE: Time for Real Talk on Charters. Philly Mag
Ubiñas: King's legacy "ain't over". Daily News
PENNCAP students revamp local school for MLK Day. Daily Pennsylvanian
Gov.-elect Tom Wolf named Lancaster superindentent and Philadelphia native Pedro Rivera to be the state secretary of education on Monday.
In a statement, Wolf said that Rivera had improved student achievement and graduation rates in Lancaster, as well as stabilizing the district's finances. He also cited Rivera's implementation of a "community schools" model, in which students and their families can get medical, dental, vision and other services on site.
The size of the pie matters, not just how you slice it.
This is one finding of a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts' Philadelphia Research Initiative, which looked at 10 big-city school districts across the country and compared how the state funding formulas of each affected funding at the district level.
SRC votes to revoke Palmer charter. Notebook
Palmer School's charter is revoked. Daily News
Diaz: I'll fix city schools ... or die trying. Daily News
Schooling Millennials. Citizen
Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty. Washington Post
The School Reform Commission tonight voted unanimously to revoke the charter of the Walter D. Palmer Leadership and Learning Charter School, which is already closed.
In financial disarray after losing a court battle with the District over enrolling students above its alloted amount, the K-8 school abruptly shut down last month during winter break. Palmer's high school had closed in October.
The two closings left 1,250 students stranded without a school to attend.
Is it time to abolish the School Reform Commission?
Lately, the topic has made its way from the parlor chatter of policy wonks to the eyes and ears of an education-minded public.
And state and city officials, too, have taken recent actions toward stripping control from the appointed five-member board that has presided over the School District of Philadelphia since the state took over more than a decade ago.
Philadelphia students who take part in career and technical education programs in District high schools are much more likely to graduate than their academically similar peers who do not participate in these programs, according to a new School District research study.
District researchers presented the findings at a public meeting at District headquarters on Wednesday. The results are a boost to proponents of career and technical education (CTE), once referred to as vo-tech and sometimes in the past derided as less rigorous than academic classes.
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Now it's in the hands of the School Reform Commission.
On Wednesday, the team behind the proposed Philadelphia Career & Technical Academy bunched around a table inside a near-empty auditorium for the second and final public hearing on the group's charter school application. It's one of 40 such applications submitted to the Philadelphia School District.
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The PFT's Education Platform. PFT.org
Schools showcase achievements for area Realtors. Chestnut Hill Local
Keep your promises on school funding, Gov. Wolf (letter). York Daily Record