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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Pitt chancellor Mark Nordenberg says loss of education funding threatens U.S. future

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Amy McConnell Schaarsmith

“The decline in public financial support for higher education threatens the nation’s safety, stability and prospects for future achievement, and suggests a possibly permanent shift in American priorities, University of Pittsburgh chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg said.”(more)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Closing in on proof of arts’ value to kids

Philly.com – Peter Dorbin

“For four years, Ellie D. Brown has been trying to determine whether an early education in the arts enhances children’s ability to learn overall, and again and again she has turned to an unlikely tool of inquiry: a small swab of sponge.”(more)

Monday, March 3, 2014

STEM careers: Where are all the jobs?

The Herald Extra – Barbara Christiansen

“Software developers, medical health service managers, electrical engineers, radiologists, physical therapists, pharmacists, accountants, auditors, petroleum engineers to name a few. Those are some of the top 50 hottest jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).”(more)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Philadelphia School Chief Faces Down Budget Cuts and Crises

The New York Times – JON HURDLE

“He laid off almost 4,000 workers to close a $304 million budget gap and threatened to keep school doors locked until officials found stopgap money to ensure what he considered a basic level of security for students. He says he was just warming up.”(more)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Early education matters — especially for poor kids

News Works – Matthew Judge

“Child-development experts may disagree about the best way to raise children, but they all agree on one thing: Quality care and education during the early years are critical to success in school and in later life.”(more)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

STEM initiative introduces high-tech careers to minority students

Philly.com – Solomon Leach

“Ball said the spark came from the Pennsylvania Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA), a division of MESA USA, which was founded in 1970 and has helped millions of low-income students go on to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through challenging courses, mentors and training.”(more)

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Subtract Teachers, Add Pupils: Math of Today’s Jammed Schools

The New York Times – MOTOKO RICH

” The recession may have ended, but many of the nation’s school districts that laid off teachers and other employees to cut payrolls in leaner times have not yet replenished their ranks. Now, despite the recovery, many schools face unwieldy class sizes and a lack of specialists to help those students who struggle academically, are learning English as a second language or need extra emotional support.”(more)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Drumming to Success: Why Teaching Music Matters

The Huffington Post – Jason Chuong

“However, there is one common theme that I’ve experienced in inner city schools: All students love music. I’ve had so much success with the students that have been labeled as “failing.” Even some of the most at-risk students in school can find success in music.”(more)

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Kids Pay The Price In Fight Over Fixing Philadelphia Schools

NPR – Claudio Sanchez

“But has there really been a lack of investment in Philadelphia’s public schools? Private foundations, after all, have poured millions of dollars into schools here; much of that money has gone to the city’s 86 privately run charter schools. But in terms of public funds, the district says it’s broke.”(more)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Charter Schools In Philadelphia: Educating Without A Blueprint

NPR – Eric Westervelt

“Terrell, Mastery’s outreach coordinator, welcomes parents. Her goal on this night is to get 40 percent of Gratz parents to come to the school, meet teachers face to face, and get their child’s report card. It’s part of the effort to make Gratz a positive hub for a community long challenged by high rates of poverty and crime.”(more)