Established in 2006, the Keystone State Education Coalition is a growing grass roots, non-partisan public education advocacy group of several hundred locally elected, volunteer school board members and administrators from school districts throughout Pennsylvania. Our mission is to evaluate, discuss and inform our boards, district constituents and legislators on legislative issues of common interest and to facilitate active engagement in public education advocacy.
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, December 6, 2010; 5:30 PM
Michelle A. Rhee, who often expressed impatience with politics in more than three years as D.C. schools chancellor, launched a new political organization Monday that plans to spend $1 billion bringing her aggressive brand of education reform to the national stage .
Rhee said the new group, StudentsFirst, will pressure elected officials and bankroll candidates at all levels of government who support her approach. The agenda includes recruiting high-quality teachers who are held accountable for student growth, swiftly removing those who do not perform, offering merit pay to reward top educators, expanding school choice and fostering parent and family involvement.
Philadelphia Inquirer Opinion Posted on Sun, Dec. 5, 2010
Quality schools for all must be a top priority
is the deputy director of public policy for the New York-based Orthodox Union, an advocacy and support group for the Jewish community
Education in America is the civil rights issue of the 21st century. While we can respectfully debate the solutions, we should all agree on one thing: Every child deserves the opportunity to attend a great school.
The Orthodox Union is ready to advocate for that reality through school choice and reform that increases access to quality education options for all Pennsylvania students.
Let's say you have an existing product that needs improvement. You come up with a replacement you're really excited about. After more than a decade (PDF), the replacement product is better than the original 17% of the time. It's worse 37% of the time.
At this point, if you choose to plow forward with the new product without stepping back and sincerely trying to figure out what lessons can be learned from the respective successes of each product, you're proving one of two things about yourself. Either you're really, really stupid, or you have a motivation separate from the question of quality.
After assuring Ohio Governor-Elect John Kasich $400 million to improve public schools will be provided to his state, U.S. Department of Education officials are backtracking.
Days after Kasich defeated Gov. Ted Strickland, the incumbent warned that education changes planned by Kasich could jeopardize $400 million in federal "Race to the Top" money approved for Ohio schools. Kasich said he had been assured by federal officials the money will be delivered.