At Thomas Mifflin Elementary School in East Falls on Thursday, the rain clouds held off long enough for rallygoers to support the District's request to the city and state for a total of $180 million in increased funding for Philadelphia's schools. The rally was organized by the Friends of Mifflin School, a school-focused community group, one of many such groups to have formed in recent years.
Video by Amy Yeboah
This commentary originally appeared on Keystone Politics and is reprinted with the permission of the author.
by Susan Spicka
My daughters just finished up their ninth day of PSSA testing in their elementary school. They will spend 5 percent of their school year filling in bubbles, and this doesn’t include the weeks of class dedicated to working on test prep before these very stressful testing days. My 5th grader cried every night before she had a test, worrying that if she didn’t do well, her school would not make AYP.
As a parent, I am very troubled by the impact that these high-stakes tests have on Pennsylvania’s children and on the public education they receive.
I have friends who chose to opt their children out of the PSSAs this year. They did not do this because they oppose the use of educational standards or testing. They opted their children out of Pennsylvania’s high-stakes tests because these tests are hurting our children and our schools.
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by Benjamin Herold for NewsWorks, a Notebook news partner
Even as funding for Pennsylvania public schools has dwindled, the cost of sending students to independent, online charter schools has risen in more than three-quarters of Pennsylvania's 500 traditional school districts.
In many of those districts, the mounting financial impact of these "cyber charters" has been dramatic over the last four years. This had led to calls for the state legislature to rethink the rules for such schools.
Who’s still killing Philly schools? City Paper