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Friday, August 22, 2014

Don’t Blame School Choice for Philly’s School Funding Fiasco

Education Next – Jason Bedrick

“Philadelphia’s government schools are in the midst of a financial crisis and anti-school choice activists think they found the perfect scapegoat.” (more)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Philadelphia schools to open on schedule despite shortfall

Reuters – Sean Landis

“Philadelphia’s cash-strapped public schools will open on schedule in three weeks after $32 million of budget cuts, the school district’s superintendent said on Friday, easing fears of closures or a late start to the school year to save money.” (more)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Philadelphia School District’s Ongoing Financial Crisis

Education Next – John Caskey and Mark Kuperberg

“Each year, as predictably as classes end in June, the School District of Philadelphia faces a budget crisis for the coming school year. In 2014, the School Reform Commission, the school district’s state-imposed governing body, for the first time and in violation of the city charter, refused to pass a budget, arguing that there were insufficient funds to run the schools responsibly.” (more)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The big emotional, financial costs of childhood poverty

Philly.com – Dr. Daniel Taylor

“Much the same disparities hold across America, where 43 percent of children live in or near poverty, and the health effects of growing up that way can be life-altering.” (more)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Their View | Quality early learning instills STEM skills and core character traits

The Centre Daily Times – Normon Rich

“Quality early learning is a solution to a critical dilemma facing us in the 21st of new jobs require skills that only 20 percent of the current workforce possesses, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Already, more than half of Pennsylvania employers can’t find employees qualified to fill their jobs, and they expect the problem to get worse.” (more)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Foreign language clubs expand students’ horizons during lunch

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Eleanor Chute

“This spring, it started two foreign language clubs that meet weekly at lunch and are taught by two paraprofessionals at the school — Celia O’Brien, who is a native Spanish speaker, and Jason Bhandari, a Bhutanese refugee who is native Nepali speaker.”(more)

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)