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Why Philadelphia should adopt a citywide common enrollment system for high school.
Learn more about how this bill can affect any school having fiscal issues.
Pennsylvania has an economic, moral and constitutional imperative to ensure that every student has an opportunity to learnin a safe and healthy environment, with access to good curriculum and high standards for educational quality. What should be considered when determine a school funding formula?
Learn which legislators have leadership roles in the House and Senate.
Learn more about the structure of the School District of Philadelphia.
Learn the facts about vouchers and SB 1.
The “school choice” movement has been gaining steam with the introduction of Senate Bill 1, the Senate’s Voucher Bill. Vouchers do not solve the problems that exist in public education.
Governor Corbett recently released the details of his proposed state budget for 2011-2012, including staggering cuts to basic education (over $1.1 BILLION). This budget represents an outrageous lack of understanding of the value and importance of public school to the future of our kids, our communities and our economy. These cuts will affect all Pennsylvanians and our legislators need to hear from us NOW about how this is the wrong choice for Pennsylvania.
Increase preparation for, participation in and financial aid access to post secondary education. We need our high school graduates to come out of school ready for college if they want to go, and for families to be able to and afford it.
Research shows that every dollar invested yields a seven-dollar return. It is a prudent investment and smart spending, especially in financially challenging times. Children get off to a great start – ready to learn and it makes the classroom experience more effective for years to come.
Education is critical in ensuring the nation’s success. Unfortunately, our system is not fully providing the education students need to succeed, thus the nation is forced to address economic and social consequences. Recent studies indicate that a poor education can lead to a steep increase in criminal behavior and the expense of incarcerating an individual greatly outweighs the cost of providing an education for the same person.
A good education produces national economic gains; conversely the effects of poor education drain the nation’s economy. This direct relationship has grown increasingly relevant as our nation recovers from a severe economic downturn.