Confirming what even the most casual observer of state politics already knows, a new report names Pennsylvania as one of the Top Three Most Gerrymandered states in this great nation. The findings by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School come as politicos gear up for a once-a-decade redrawing of the Keystone State's legislative and congressional maps. Reformers are pushing to take that critical decision out of the hands of politicians and turn it over a non-partisan commission. An effort to create an independent commission to draw Pennsylvania's voting district lines is gaining traction — but will it be enough? You can dive deep into the report over your coffee this morning, but to save you a bit of time, here's a clip-and-save guide to what you need to know.
How states choose to invest money in education matters
Education Week Commentary By Pedro A. Rivera May 31, 2017
Pedro A. Rivera is Pennsylvania's secretary of education.
An equity-oriented education agenda starts with the budget. As Pennsylvania's secretary of education, I know that how a state chooses to invest its money matters and that it also serves as an expression of its values. A budget should provide the resources that pave the way for students to meet and exceed high standards. It must also address the disparate conditions that exist for far too many children. Under the leadership of Pennsylvania's Democratic governor, Tom Wolf, we're making important strides. In shaping the budget, state leaders recognize that equitable does not always mean equal; rather, a responsible, equity-oriented budget considers the particular needs of students, communities, and families. Gov. Wolf has worked alongside both Democrats and Republicans in our legislature to increase funding for the state's public schools by nearly $640 million over the last two years, while implementing a fair-funding formula that addresses a range of student needs.
Charter schools may provide a better option for children when traditional public schools fail but are they the answer to systemic problems in US education?
AlJazeera by By Kristen Saloomey Correspondent May 31, 2017
Thomas Murray, Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education
Kristen Swanson, Director of Learning at Slack and one of the founding members of the Edcamp movement
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