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Organizer-turned-teacher connects with bilingual communities


Hina Fathima

on Oct 7, 2014 12:49 PM

Zac Steele has been passionate about education since he was a student at Swarthmore College. There he delved into issues of race and class in urban education, so when he came across a copy of the Notebook during his senior year, it was a welcome resource for topics he was already exploring.

Cartoon: It's getting crowded on the corner


Eric Joselyn

on Oct 3, 2014 03:48 PM

Without a formula, Pa. allocations lack logic, predictability


Dale Mezzacappa

on Oct 2, 2014 10:40 AM

The point of a state education funding formula is to be fair, help all districts reach spending levels adequate to their needs, and adjust for demographic and other changes. Funding should be predictable so that districts can plan.

But Pennsylvania long ago abandoned such a system for distributing education aid, according to advocates and experts. And this has exacerbated inequities among districts and frustrated educators.

A look back: How Pennsylvania has distributed money for education since the 1960s

By the Notebook on Oct 2, 2014 10:39 AM


There were 2,277 school districts in Pennsylvania. Under Gov. William W. Scranton, a series of consolidations reduced the number of districts to fewer than 700 (it fell to 505 by the late 1970s).

What is a state education funding formula?


Dale Mezzacappa

on Oct 2, 2014 10:37 AM

Although most education funding comes from local sources, all states contribute to school district costs, compensating for differences in property wealth, income levels, and taxing capacity among districts. Most states have a formula that guides how the aid is distributed among districts, based on factors such as enrollment, local wealth, and student characteristics.

Ideally, formulas are designed to make sure all districts have adequate funds and increase equity among districts. The particulars of each formula differ, but normally, richer districts get less state aid, while poorer districts depend on the state for much of their education money.

Padres demandan al estado por condiciones en las escuelas


Payne Schroeder | Traducción por Mildred S. Martínez

on Sep 30, 2014 02:13 PM

Siete padres de estudiantes del Distrito presentaron una demanda en el Tribunal Estatal en septiembre, aseverando que el Departamento de Educación del estado fue ilegalmente negligente y no investigó reportes de “deficiencias masivas de currículo” dentro del Distrito.

Respuestas a las preguntas comunes sobre los fondos que Philly necesita


Paul Jablow | Traducción por Mildred S. Martínez.

on Sep 30, 2014 01:49 PM

¿Filadelfia no recibe ya una enorme porción de las ayudas estatales para la educación?

Grupos locales lanzan la campaña ‘READ by 4th’


Dale Mezzacappa | Traducción por Mildred S. Martínez.

on Sep 30, 2014 01:58 PM

El Distrito Escolar, junto con la ciudad, comercios clave y grupos sin fines de lucro, ha comenzado una campaña para que todos los estudiantes de cuarto grado logren dominio de la lectura para el 2020.

El esfuerzo, llamado READ by 4th, es parte de la campaña nacional Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, la cual fue lanzada por la Fundación Annie E. Casey y ahora incluye a más de 150 comunidades de todo el país.

Coalition, parents win bill to improve academics for dyslexic children


Diane Reott and Nancy Scharff

on Sep 30, 2014 01:38 PM

Progress continues on efforts to advocate for children with dyslexia. On June 26, the Dyslexia and Early Literacy Intervention Pilot Program was signed into law by Gov. Corbett. Through this pilot, the Pennsylvania Department of Education will be able to analyze how early screening and high-quality, evidence-based instruction can improve reading performance for all students and reduce special education referrals, particularly for dyslexic students.

The passage of House Bill 198 represents a year of hard work by then-State Rep. Ed Neilson and the Pennsylvania Dyslexia Literacy Coalition, formerly Pennsylvania Dyslexia Legislative Coalition. The coalition includes parents of dyslexic students who were not identified in early elementary school, did not receive evidence-based instruction, and felt stupid for not being able to read.

Editorial - Wanted: Action from city

By the Notebook on Sep 29, 2014 01:27 PM

Philadelphians have been stepping up in many ways to address the huge resource gaps in schools. Teachers are digging deeper into their own pockets. Parents are volunteering in offices and classrooms. We’ve seen a school supplies fund, a restaurant fundraiser, a “Last Waltz” benefit concert, and lately a #StackThatPaper campaign. All this activity shows widespread understanding of how dire the situation is.

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