Pennsylvania State House Is Called On To Tax Gas Drilling For Public EducationSupporters of the extraction tax are leaning on House members, to get it done.
Khan Academy Becomes Linked To Common Core StandardsWith all but a handful of states adopting the Common Core standards, the non-profit Khan Academy has now linked to relevant instruction materials online.
Pa. State Senator Calls For Shale Gas Tax To Help Fund Public EducationStanding 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.
Educational Advancements In 2013As the year ends, let's look at what priorities have emerged in education.
More US Schools Using Cambridge College PrepCambridge University has educated students for more than 800 years and now its pre-collegiate courses are spreading internationally.
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.
Failure Is Not An OptionDespite budget problems, poverty, and little parent participation, <em>Public Agenda</em> reports on what makes for success at Ohio’s nine high poverty, high-achieving schools.
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.
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.
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.
Part 4: Ongoing ControversiesState 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.
Responsive Classroom Strategies Show Learning GainsA 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.
Part 1: Back From The BrinkUntil 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.
Part 2: Voice For The VictimsIf 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.
Part 3: Getting Tough on ViolenceThere is a new atmosphere at one Philadelphia high school where, students say, violence used to be commonplace.