Word on the street is that the Inky has moved
long-time education writer Dan Hardy to coverage of the South Jersey beat, Our loss will be their gain. Dan covered suburban
schools and state education
policy. Thanks Dan
-- for years of great work! Your voice
will be sorely missed. Here’s
Daniel Denvir’s coverage at the Citypaper, which I somehow missed in the thick
of the charter school bill machinations. Pennsylvania
The researchers examined the 2010-11 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests in
Overall, the greatest impact on student test scores was seen from having a full-time, certified librarian.
School Library Information Briefings on Latest PA Research
Oct. 23, 2012,
Upper Darby art programs cling to
life after funding cuts
By Jonathan Lai Inquirer Staff Writer
The boys went straight to swords and weaponry, but four girls giggled in front of a display of medieval clothing worn under the armor that glinted throughout the rest of the "Large Armor" gallery. "Tell me this would not look good with silver pants and silver high heels!" one girl said. The fifth-grade fashion critic's insight resonated with her three friends, who nodded vigorously in agreement.
two-part field trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a rite of passage for
fifth graders in the
museum program, uninterrupted for more than three decades, now survives only
precariously in the face of state funding cuts. Upper Darby
This marks the second year without funding from the district. Last year, the museum itself covered the program's costs, and money for this year's visits came from a $20,000 grant from the private Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Memorial Fund. The Art Museum applied for this year's grant with the support of the school district.
Budget deficits have led the school district to go from trimming fat to cutting the meat of programs in areas such as the arts, physical education, and libraries.
Comcast Newsmakers: Roebuck on Charter Schools
Published on Oct 22, 2012 by pahousevideo Video Runtime: 4:31
Democratic Chairman of the Pa. House Education Committee Jim Roebuck discusses charter schools, which don't accept all students -- which is often a problem for special-education students.
“I think the charter advocates are wrong
about the effect of competition. There is no evidence that charter schools are
superior to traditional public schools, nor is there any evidence that the
spread of charter schools has prompted public schools to improve. Instead,
parents in cities like
New York, Washington, D.C., and are being pitted against one
another as they fight for space, while educators in charters and traditional
public schools work in isolation from each other. We are spending so much time fighting over charter schools
and so little time working to improve our public schools where the vast
majority of children are still being educated.” Philadelphia
Beyond Charter Schools: Thinking About Public Education's Future
MAEA discussion on charter schools: 'fix public schools first'
helps school boards assess information on charters Charter School
Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children and The Education Policy and
Ron Cowell, President, The Education Policy and Leadership Center
Diane Robbins, Principal, Early Childhood Learning Center, Titusville Area School District
Jill Simmons, Vice President, Early Care and School-Age Enrichment, Greater Erie YMCA
Dr. James Tracy, Superintendent, Girard School District
Nancy Kalista, Executive Director, Early Connections - Success by 6 Kindergarten Readiness Program