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.
Carol S. Fixman is executive director of the Philadelphia Education Fund
If our economy is to recover, we must invest in education. President Obama has recognized this simple truth. Pennsylvania must also.
During the last eight years, school districts across the state have shown that investment pays off. They have made significant gains because they were given the resources they needed. Philadelphia is no exception.
On behalf of 13 organizations (see the full list at www.philaedfund.org), we urge state officials to continue this progress by maintaining strong funding to school districts. There is no better investment in our city, our region, and our state.
When the federal economic stimulus money was allotted two years ago, there was both excitement about getting millions of dollars for Pennsylvania and fear of falling off the funding cliff when the money runs out in September.
More schools likely to fall short of state achievement standards ByJodi Weigand PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW Monday, March 14, 2011
With students set to take Pennsylvania System of Student Assessment exams this week, educators warned that the number of schools failing to meet tougher math and reading standards likely will rise, and the burden to fix problems will lie largely with school districts
Corbett's cost-cutting plan favors school choice over increased funding.
By Steve Esack, OF THE MORNING CALL
10:55 p.m. EST,March 12, 2011
On cold days this winter, some did not have socks. Others wore shoes that did not fit. Too many to count did not have tissues to wipe their noses when they walked from apartments, rowhouses and homeless shelters in Allentown's poorest neighborhood to CentralElementary School.
"These are just basic needs and they're not even in the classroom yet," said Regina Nickson of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.