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Public Education

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Khan Academy Becomes Linked To Common Core Standards

With all but a handful of states adopting the Common Core standards, the non-profit Khan Academy has now linked to relevant instruction materials online.

04/21/2014

Pa. State Senator Vincent Hughes at the podium and student Angel Martinez. (photo by Pat Loeb)

Pa. State Senator Calls For Shale Gas Tax To Help Fund Public Education

Standing outside school district headquarters, State Senator Vincent Hughes announced plans to introduce a bill that would place a five percent tax on natural gas extracted from Pennsylvania to be used, in part, for public schools.

03/27/2014

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Educational Advancements In 2013

As the year ends, let’s look at what priorities have emerged in education.

01/01/2014

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More US Schools Using Cambridge College Prep

Cambridge University has educated students for more than 800 years and now its pre-collegiate courses are spreading internationally.

12/17/2013

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Ability Grouping – Is It Back?

Data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, indicates a resurgence of ability grouping, from 28% in 1998 to 71% in 2009. This may be cheating the lower-grouped students.

04/16/2013

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Failure Is Not An Option

Despite budget problems, poverty, and little parent participation, Public Agenda reports on what makes for success at Ohio’s nine high poverty, high-achieving schools.

12/10/2012

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Part 1: The EITC — What Is It?

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit is promoted as a way to provide a better education for poor children, but public education advocates say it actually takes away tax money that could be used to improve schools.

11/08/2012

Susan Gobreski, of Education Voters of Pennsylvania.   File photo by Pat Loeb)

Part 2: Who’s Hurt by the EITC?

Expanding the program at a time when the state has slashed public school funding is infuriating public education advocates.

11/08/2012

(Construction is underway on a new building on the campus of the Agnes Irwin School, in Rosemont, Pa.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Part 3: Who Benefits From It?

“BLOCS provides scholarships from your business taxes to students who not only want to attend a Catholic school but are most in need,” says one advertisement.

11/08/2012

(Pa. state senator Anthony Williams visits the Patterson Elementary School in Southwest Philadelphia.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Part 4: Ongoing Controversies

State senator Tony Williams defends the program as similar to the GI Bill, but some of his Harrisburg colleagues see it as improperly favoring closed groups.

11/08/2012

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Responsive Classroom Strategies Show Learning Gains

A new study indicates that when teachers consistently use the Responsive Classroom learning approach, 5th grade students performed better on statewide assessment of math and reading skills than their peers who did not use the same learning strategies.

10/09/2012

(Students and their belongings are screened at the entrance to Samuel Fels High School, in Northeast Philadelphia.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Part 1: Back From The Brink

Until this year, the Samuel Fels High School in Northeast Philadelphia was listed as a “persistently dangerous” school, as defined by the state. But the climate is changing there.

10/04/2012

(Kelley Hodge is the School District of Philadelphia's safety watchdog.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Part 2: Voice For The Victims

If kids don’t feel safe, they’re not going to learn. But now the victims of assaults in Philadelphia schools have someone going to bat for them.

10/04/2012

(A Philadelphia Police cruiser sits outside Gratz High School on September 20th following a shooting in the Broad Street subway that was initially believed to involve Gratz students.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Part 3: Getting Tough on Violence

There is a new atmosphere at one Philadelphia high school where, students say, violence used to be commonplace.

10/04/2012

(Philadelphia schools superintendent Dr. William Hite.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Part 4: More Than Toughness

In this report, KYW’s Mike DeNardo looks at how Philadelphia’s new schools superintendent plans to tackle school violence.

10/04/2012

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