Public Schools Can Do More with Less -- If We Let Them
Editorial: Thomas Gentzel, Matthew Brouillette
Gentzel is executive director of the
and Matthew J. Brouillette is president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation. Pennsylvania
As families across
try to figure out how to do
more with less in this difficult economy, our local public schools must also do
the same. But unlike fiscally sound kitchen-table decisions that can be made in
the morning and implemented by lunch, elected school board members are forced
to waste taxpayer money because of antiquated and unfair mandates from
Harrisburg that do nothing to improve the quality of public education. Pennsylvania
Although the Pennsylvania School Boards Association and the Commonwealth Foundation are policy opponents in the debate over school choice, we strongly agree on the need to give elected school boards the ability to better manage their taxpayer resources.
Prevailing sentiment: It's time to repeal arcane wage law
PA seeks to swap property taxes with hikes in sales, income taxes
More oversight sought for growing charter schools
Charter school enrollment
continues to climb in
but educators still argue over how to fund the schools and who should grant or
renew charters. Pennsylvania
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The West Chester Daily
Local News will host a State of
discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday in its Community Media Lab. Education
The roundtable discussion will include local
education leaders and officials answering questions from a live audience and
from those watching remotely via a live stream on the Daily Local News website. The event is free to the public. The
Community Media Lab is upstairs at the Daily Local News offices at
250 N. Bradford Ave.
in West Chester.
While topics will come from those in attendance or watching at home, the focus will likely be about where education stands in Pennsylvania and nation, how education is or should be funded, and what options exist for students who may be entering school or looking for an alternative.
The discussion will be moderated by Daily Local News staff writer Eric S. Smith.
The panel will include home-school parent Lynne Burkholder; Coatesville Area School Board President J. Neil Campbell; state Sen. Andy Dinniman, minority leader of the state Senate Education Committee; Downingtown Area Education Association President Craig Krusen; West Chester Area School District Superintendent James Scanlon; Director of Career, Technical and Customized Education for the Chester County Intermediate Unit Alan Slobojan; state Rep. Dan Truitt, a member of the state House Education Committee; and Collegium Charter School CEO Bill Winters.
WHAT WORKS: On Borrowing Best Practices and Even Better Policies
After looking all over the world at the ways various
countries addressed this issue, the Shanghai Education Commission decided to
ask the best school principals and their faculties to take responsibility for
managing other schools that perform less well. Now the best school
principals manage up to six schools. When they do that, they often send
some of their best teachers to the poor-performing schools for which they take
responsibility. Those teachers are, of course, very successful in those
schools, and the result is that support grows among the whole faculty for
making one of these teachers the new principal in that school. In that
way, over time, one good school and five bad ones become six good schools.
Guess where Dr. Zhang said the Shanghai Education Commission got the idea for
doing this? The answer is the
. United States
In Defense of Facing Reality
Graduation rates on the rise
Center for Public Education Edifier Blog — Jim Hull
March 19, 2012
On-time high school graduation rates have been
increasing while the number of so-called “dropout factories” have declined
dramatically since 2001, according to the report Building a Grad Nation
Promise Alliance. The release of the report corresponded with the group’s
Building a GradNation Summit taking place this week in America . Washington, DC
Blended Learning Sports Variety of Approaches
As schools mix online instruction and face-to-face learning, educators are identifying promising hybrid approaches
Premium article access courtesy of Edweek.org.
As blended learning models, which mix face-to-face and online instruction, become more common in schools, classroom educators and administrators alike are navigating the changing role of teachers—and how schools can best support them in that new role.
Condi Rice-Joel Klein report: Not the new ‘A Nation at Risk’
Has your board considered this draft resolution yet?
PSBA Sample Board Resolution regarding the budget
Please consider bringing this sample resolution to the members of your board.
Christopher McGinley, Superintendent,
Nofre Vaquer, Director, ARC of Philadelphia
Hiram Rivera, Executive Director, Philadelphia Student Union
Dale Mezzacappa, Contributing Editor, Philadelphia Public School Notebook
Dan Hardy, Contributing Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
Please RSVP by March 12 to firstname.lastname@example.org