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Waiting for fair-funding formula, Pa. school leaders assess disparities

By Sara Hoover for NewsWorks on May 1, 2015 02:07 PM

When it comes to disparities in school funding, Pennsylvania is leading the country.

Community members gathered Wednesday in the Springfield High School auditorium in Delaware County to hear about the imbalance that has wealthier districts getting more state funds than poorer ones.

Scholarships funded through tax credits lift some, raise questions for others

By Laura Benshoff for NewsWorks on Apr 24, 2015 09:42 AM

One night in March, Kristen Lewis was working her cell phone as one of about 50 volunteers for the Children's Scholarship Fund of Philadelphia. They were calling families to let them know they had won a scholarship to take their kids out of low-performing public schools and put them in private or religious schooling.

In between calls, she got a call from a blocked number.

Which mayoral candidate would best improve city schools?

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Apr 16, 2015 04:54 PM

Philadelphia's future depends in large part on developing a public school system that can serve the city's large economically disadvantaged population while attracting middle-class families that will expand its tax base.

Nutter's team blasts candidates on school funding ideas, pushes tax hike

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Apr 14, 2015 05:55 PM

Philadelphia's Mayor Nutter has made headlines recently for blasting the field of candidates running to take his job.

Specifically, he says that all of their plans to meet the School District's funding needs are "bogus."

'School Play' spotlights Pennsylvania's education funding quandary

By Peter Crimmins for NewsWorks on Apr 8, 2015 10:40 AM

A play about the current state of Pennsylvania public schools will premiere at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia this week.

Group backing Williams' mayoral bid spends more than $1 million

By Dave Davies for NewsWorks on Apr 2, 2015 10:03 AM

The independent political committee supporting State Sen. Anthony Williams for Philadelphia mayor has made another major TV ad buy, bringing the group's media spending to more than $1 million, more than all the other candidates and committees in the race combined.

The committee, called American Cities, is backed by three wealthy financial executives who are avid supporters of school choice. I wrote more about them in a post yesterday.

Wolf says school ratings should be less tied to tests

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Mar 24, 2015 04:04 PM

Pennsylvania's Gov. Wolf intends to steer the state away from school accountability measures that he says place too great an emphasis on standardized test scores.

Mayoral candidates to discuss education at forum tonight

By Brian Hickey for NewsWorks on Mar 24, 2015 12:41 PM

Considering that education sits atop voter-issue lists going into the May 19 primaries, it's no surprise that most of the announced Democratic candidates for mayor will attend tonight's public forum at the G.W. Childs School, 16th and Wharton Streets.

Should Pa. schools expect a big boost in funding? Depends on whom you ask

By Sara Hoover for NewsWorks on Mar 19, 2015 04:44 PM

Superintendents may get whiplash from trying to keep up with what Harrisburg wants them to do with proposed state funding. A partisan battle is heating up over state education dollars that school districts don't have -- and may not even see.

Hite talks tax increases, 'Friends of' groups, and his own tenure

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Mar 17, 2015 04:43 PM

In each of the last few years, the Philadelphia School District has asked the city and state governments to provide hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue.

The District has said that the increased funding would allow it to greatly increase educational outcomes for the city's children.

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