Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Reports on charter schools expose new problems

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Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 11/09/2011

Reports on charter schools expose new problems

Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss
Two new reports about public charter schools expose serious issues about the way they are run and their effectiveness.


See page 4 of this link to the newsletter pdf for an update on School Choice

Catholic School Matters - News from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Catholic Education Fall 2011 - SCHOOL CHOICE

This fall, our Legislature of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will most likely address the issue of School Choice. School Choice would allow taxpayers to benefit directly from monies they pay to the state government. These monies traditionally flow to local public school systems. Under School Choice initiatives currently being considered, some parents would receive a credit towards the school of their choice be it—public, private, religious, or non-public.  ….We ask that our parents, and those concerned about the future of Catholic education to contact their local state legislators and reiterate to them that School Choice—the creation of a voucher program and an increase to EITC— would not only benefit them, but their community at large.


Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Poverty Not Destiny?: Masking Corporate Agendas

Schools Matter Blog by P.L. Thomas


Duke Sanford School of Public Policy

Education and Poverty: Confronting the Evidence

By Helen F. Ladd, November 4, 2011 - Abstract

Current U.S. policy initiatives to improve the U.S. education system, including No Child

Left Behind, test-based evaluation of teachers and the promotion of competition, are

misguided because they either deny or set to the side a basic body of evidence

documenting that students from disadvantaged households on average perform less well

in school than those from more advantaged families. Because these policy initiatives do

not directly address the educational  challenges experienced by disadvantaged students,

they have contributed little -- and are not likely to contribute much  in the future -- to

raising overall student achievement or to reducing achievement and educational

attainment gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged students. Moreover, such

policies have the potential to do serious harm. Addressing the educational challenges

faced by children from disadvantaged families will require a broader and bolder approach

to education policy than the recent efforts to reform schools.

This paper is forthcoming in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.


Use Education Voters PA website to contact your PA State Representatives asking them to oppose taxpayer funded vouchers:

For more info/background -  PSBA's Tuition Voucher Issue Page

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