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Pennsylvania Deserves Flexibility in Medicaid Reform

AUGUST 28, 2014 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Pennsylvanians—not federal bureaucrats—know how to best serve our fellow citizens. Given the federal government’s unwillingness to grant Pennsylvania work search requirements or meaningful cost-sharing, it’s in the best interest of Pennsylvanians to walk away and pursue other avenues to truly expand health care access.

Poll: Voters Vastly Underestimate Education Spending, Majority Grade Schools D or F

AUGUST 26, 2014 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

August 26, 2014, HARRISBURG, Pa.—Nearly three-quarters of Pennsylvania voters underestimate the amount the state spends on education, according to a poll released today by the Commonwealth Foundation. And, in a stinging rebuke to the status quo, 53 percent of those polled grade Pennsylvania’s public school system a D or F overall when informed of student achievement levels.

New Poll: 81% in PA Believe Unionization Should be a Choice

AUGUST 11, 2014 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

August 11, 2014, HARRISBURG, Pa.—Pennsylvania public school teachers Heather Lister (a Democrat) and Joe Connolly (a conservative) say they should have the right to keep their jobs without being forced to support a union. It turns out, most Pennsylvanians agree: 81 percent support allowing employees to leave their union without penalty, according to a new poll released today by Commonwealth Foundation as part of National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW).

Funding Advance Band-Aid Won’t Stop Philly Schools' Bleeding

AUGUST 6, 2014 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

With 80 percent of students failing to make proficiency in reading and math despite a $1 billion revenue increase over ten years, Philadelphia’s public education crisis is at a peak. Today’s funding advance will allow schools to open on time in September, but it doesn’t address the School District of Philadelphia’s decade-long trend of higher costs and dismal performance that has brought it to the brink of failure.

Cigarette Tax Won't Save Philly Students

AUGUST 1, 2014 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

August 1, 2014, PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—With a shocking 80 percent of students unable to read and do math at grade level, the School District of Philadelphia has a genuine crisis on its hands that must be addressed. But, over the past decade, trends in student achievement and school funding show that throwing more money at a failing system is not the answer.

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Healthy PA Approved, but Still Room to Improve

August 29

On Thursday, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced approval of the Healthy PA waiver, including a new private coverage option. But the approved waiver severely limited the flexibility Governor Corbett sought. While the state was able to achieve rewards for work, rewards for healthy ...