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Philly Classrooms Out $200 Million, PFT Declares Victory

JANUARY 22, 2015 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

In a blow to education reform in Philadelphia, the Commonwealth Court ruled that Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission did not have the power to cancel the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers’ contract last year, preventing an estimated $200 million from reaching classrooms over the next four years. About the ruling PFT President Jerry Jordan declared, “This is a very big victory.”

On Inauguration Day, Campaign Rhetoric Meets Governing Reality

JANUARY 20, 2015 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

January 20, 2015, HARRISBURG, PA.—Matthew J. Brouillette, president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation, issued the following statement in response to Tom Wolf becoming the 47th Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

In Education Debate, Let’s Fund Students not Districts

DECEMBER 4, 2014 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

December 4, 2014, HARRISBURG, Pa.—In the ongoing state education funding debate, a common refrain is that more money will solve all problems. But Pennsylvania already spends $14,600 in total funding per student—nearly $3,000 more than the national average. How can even more money be the answer? It isn’t.

PA Ranks 27th in Economic Freedom, Lawmakers Can Make a Difference

DECEMBER 3, 2014 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

A new report on economic freedom released this week by the Fraser Institute ranks Pennsylvania 27th among the 50 states. The report notes that states with the most economic freedom enjoyed a $55,000 average GDP per capita while the least-free states averaged just $48,000—a $7,000 difference per person.

Millions Spent on Election at Taxpayers’ and Union Members’ Expense

NOVEMBER 19, 2014 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

November 19, 2014, HARRISBURG, Pa.—Wouldn’t it be nice if you could fire your own boss, choose his replacement, and force the people paying your salary to help make it happen? That’s the deal that government unions were able to swing this November by pumping more than $7 million directly to political candidates across Pennsylvania—including $2.7 million given to Governor-elect Tom Wolf—and at least $1.6 million in election-related TV ads, all collected by taxpayers.

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Challenges piled high for new PA secretary of education

JANUARY 23, 2015 | CF In The News

Court upholds collective bargaining process

JANUARY 23, 2015 | CF In The News

Both sides of the aisle react to Governor Wolf’s speech

JANUARY 21, 2015 | CF In The News


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Corrections Reform Proves a Win-Win

January 23

Unprecedented reductions in the prison population, $69.9 million in taxpayer savings, and lower recidivism rates all indicate that the 2012 corrections reforms are working. Earlier this month Don Gilliland over at the Tribune Review chronicled some of the big accomplishments of the two-year-old initiative ...