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Dream act — what one Philly public school would do if Wolf has his way

By Laura Benshoff for NewsWorks on May 29, 2015 10:26 PM

What would you do with two and a half million dollars? Or, $2,447,020 to be exact.

That's how much money Northeast High School would get if the School District of Philadelphia gets all of the $265 million in additional resources proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf and Mayor Michael Nutter.

Not saying it will happen, but what if ....?

Both men face an uphill battle to get those numbers through the General Assembly and City Council respectively, but enough with the politicians for a minute.

Why is the School District's spending per student declining?

By Laura Benshoff for NewsWorks on May 29, 2015 03:00 PM

Philadelphia public school classrooms received less money last year than in 2008, according to a study released this week by consulting group Education Resource Systems.

This study echoes what representatives from the District have been saying in community budget meetings and City Council hearings as they lobby for a funding increase of $300 million in recurring revenue.

Blended learning gets tentative boost in Philadelphia

By Benjamin Herold for Education Week on May 29, 2015 01:42 PM

The cash-strapped School District of Philadelphia earlier this month authorized up to $10 million in spending on blended-learning software, thus adding its name to the growing list of big-city districts to embrace one of the hottest trends in education technology.

Unlike some of its counterparts, however, the Philadelphia District is not attempting to strategically roll out a comprehensive plan for integrating software-based instruction into its classrooms.

Pa. cyber charters not happy with Wolf's proposed steep cuts

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on May 29, 2015 09:39 AM

In the Multiple Choices podcast, Keystone Crossroads senior education writer Kevin McCorry joins with Paul Socolar, publisher and editor of the Public School Notebook, and Notebook contributing editor Dale Mezzacappa to explain and explore the history, complexities and controversies of public education funding in Pennsylvania.

For years, many public education advocates have been howling about the way Pennsylvania funds cyber charter schools.

It works like this: Say there's a cyber charter with a physical headquarters in Altoona. It can enroll kids from anywhere in the state, and it gets a percentage of whatever per pupil funding would have been spent in a student's home district.

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