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.
Chester Upland braces for change as schools reopen after deep cuts
ByAnthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Christina Wilmer and Wanda Mann, a summer of discontent is about to give way to an autumn of trepidation.
In an era when the ax has fallen freely on public-education budgets all over the nation, it has come down with extraordinary ferocity and sharpness in their distressed Chester Upland School District.
Largely as a result of state cuts, more than 40 percent of the teachers who finished the 2010-11 school year won't be back for 2011-12, which starts Tuesday. High school class sizes will jump 65 percent, from about 21 - near the national average - to 35 or even more.
Towanda Daily review BY ROBERT SWIFT (HARRISBURG BUREAU CHIEF)
Published: September 6, 2011
HARRISBURG - Under the banner of offering more school choice, Republican lawmakers plan a major push this fall to greatly expand the number of charter schools in Pennsylvania that provide students and families an alternative to traditional public schools.
The charter school expansion legislation goes hand-in-hand with bills in the GOP-controlled statehouse to give students vouchers or scholarships to attend the private, parochial or public school of their choice and expand the amount of tax credits available in the state Educational Improvement Tax Credit program
It is a well-known fact that American education is in crisis. Black and Hispanic children have lower test scores than white and Asian children. The performance of American students on international tests is mediocre.
Less well known are contrary facts. The black–white achievement gap, as a recent report put it, "is as old as the nation itself." It was cut in half in the 1970s and 1980s, probably by desegregation, increased economic opportunities for black families, federal investment in early childhood education, and reductions in class size