More than 40 organizations joined forces in early October to launch a statewide campaign that calls for a fair school funding formula and access to quality education for every child no matter where in Pennsylvania they live.
Known as the Campaign for Fair Education Funding, the coalition has a mission of ensuring that by 2016 Pennsylvania adopts a K-12 public education funding system that is “adequate and equitable,” with a focus on the importance of accuracy, stability for students and schools, shared responsibility, and strong accountability standards.
"Every child deserves a chance to succeed,” said campaign manager Kathy Manderino at the press conference announcing the effort. “We need a fair, sustainable and predictable method for funding public schools that recognizes the shared responsibility we all have – and the shared benefits we all receive – when every Pennsylvania child gets that opportunity."
Member organizations, including businesses and faith-based groups, educators, school district representatives and child advocates from across the state, agreed that sufficient resources are necessary so children can achieve success, and that a collective effort is imperative, according to a campaign statement.
Fair funding for Pa. schools. Inquirer
Teaching as hope. Practical Theory
Ferguson protest gains Philly flavor. Daily News
DN Editorial: ...and justice for some. Daily News
Outrage over local violence missing in Philly. Daily News
The facts on charter schools. Inquirer
Students shine at GAMP. Philadelphia Tribune
How to restore a classroom. Making the Grade
Many Philadelphia students have yesterday's news on their minds today -- of the non-indictment in last summer's police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. And some teachers and schools have changed their plans for the day to give students an opportunity to respond.
The Notebook would like to hear from teachers, parents, and others about how you are engaging with young people about that news. Please share your experiences and thoughts in our comments.
William Hite had not even started his first day as superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia in August 2012 when he called for changes in climate in the system’s classrooms and corridors.
At a principals' summit that month, Hite said, “We can't arrest our way to higher student achievement. … We can't suspend our way to higher student achievement. We can't arrest or suspend our way to safer schools.
“Sometimes that angry look, that stare, that inappropriate response, is a cry for help more so than anything else.”
DN Editorial: Formula for disaster. Daily News
A Better Path Than 'Blowing Up' Schools of Education. Education Next
This 8-year-old led a session on iPad movie production at BarCamp. Technically Philly
Case of school administrator who leaked info to newspaper can go foward. Business Insurance
Suit calls state school funding arbitrary and irrational. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Racism and the underfunding of Philadelphia schools. Workers World
Charter proposals produce a variety of academic concepts. Philadelphia Tribune
There Can Be No Successful All-Charter School System. Huffington Post
College Possible launches in Upper Darby. Daily Times
Scholarship Fund Helping Kids in Philadelphia. Examiner.com
Philly speaks out about testing. Examiner.com
Since the spring of 2013, Roy Wade has seen the impact of trauma on urban youth and adults in low-income neighborhoods from three vantage points.
One is from his Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia research office 13 floors above Market Street.
A second is from his pediatrics office in the Cobbs Creek section of West Philadelphia.
And the third is from his travels in the neighborhoods to such places as boys’ and girls’ clubs, YMCAs, community health centers, homeless shelters, primary care sites and behavioral health organizations.
Dark bars, craft beers, cooing babies and a basic philosophical belief in the power of public education: Meet the new generation of urban-professional parents who just may be crucial to the long-term success of the Philadelphia School District.
At two separate evening events in the city this week, throngs of young, civically minded parents gathered at bars to drink in the pros and cons of sending their not-yet-school-aged children to the District's oft-beleaguered neighborhood public schools.
For Tom Wyatt, an attorney by trade, that neighborhood school would be Andrew Jackson Elementary.
Charter debate rages on at SRC meeting. Daily News
Pennsylvania student scores declined with reduced funding, test results show Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Why not elect the school board? Daily News
DN Editorial: The charter-school lie. Daily News
High school horticulture student. Inquirer
Supporting schools. South Philly Review
Curriculum Design-Putting the Horse Before the Cart. Practical Theory
Students at four Philadelphia-area high schools now have a greater chance of going to college, thanks to a $200,000 grant.
College Possible, a nonprofit that offers college preparedness services for low-income students, accepted the grant from AT&T during an event at Parkway Center City High School on Wednesday. The money will be split among its four partner high schools: George Washington, Parkway Center City, West Philadelphia, and Upper Darby High School in Delaware County.