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PA Supreme Court Hears Arguments in School Funding Lawsuit

The PA State Supreme Court heard arguments in the school funding lawsuit this week. Children in some districts have lavish swimming pools, while others graduate from schools without ever having used a computer or seen a library, said attorney Brad Elias, representing several school districts, parents and civil rights groups.  Legislatures and governors through the […]

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PA Auditor General Says PDE Charter School Payment Appeal Process Seriously Flawed

On August 25, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale  said his latest audit shows that a faulty Charter School Law and the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) protracted, inconsistent, confusing, and conflicting process for handling charter school payment challenges may unfairly favor charter schools over school districts. Under the Charter School Law, charter schools receive funding from […]

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Celebrate Women’s Equality Day August 26

August 26th is the anniversary of national woman suffrage.  Across the seventy-two years between the first major women’s rights conference at Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, and the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, thousands of people participated in marches through cities like New York and Washington DC, wrote editorials and pamphlets, gave speeches all […]

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PA Department of Education Releases Implementation Guidelines for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

On  April 12  Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera provided testimony to both House and Senate Education Committees on the implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in PA (highlights of Secretary Rivera’s ESSATestimony) The April hearing was the second joint Education Committee hearing concerning ESSA. The first, held on March 14, featured Lee Posey, Education Federal Affairs […]

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