Free to Teach is a project with the express support, contributions, and guidance of Pennsylvania public educators. This is a forum designed to serve Pennsylvania educators first so that we may ultimately see a Pennsylvania in which students receive the best education possible while public educators and staff are equipped to thrive and excel in their jobs.
openPAgov.org is a transparency project, providing databases to look up public school salaries and labor contracts, public school spending, school property taxes, and public school performance. More datasets will be added in the future. To receive email alerts when we update openPAgov.org or add new data, sign up here.
All data in openPAgov.org is taken from Pennsylvania state government or federal government sources, and presented in user-friendly applications by VisiGov. First time users may find our tutorial helpful.
CyberSchoolsSave.org provides an outlet for engaged parents, students, and taxpayers to help preserve the promise of cyber schools. More than 32,000 Pennsylvania students have selected cyber schools as their school of choice to best meet their educational needs. CyberSchoolsSave.org shares some of their stories and equips visitors to communicate with lawmakers on the issues.
EnergyFactsPA provides a guide to the key energy and environmental issues facing Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania has always been a leading provider of America's energy. From timber and coal to the nation's first commercial oil well, and now the Marcellus Shale boom, traditional energy is vital to our state's economy.
But these industries, and the prosperity that accompanied them, are now threatened because they have become politically unpopular. Instead of entrepreneurship and the responsible development of natural resources, today's energy companies are rewarded on the basis of their lobbying.
Pennsylvania’s primary tool for grading schools—the School Performance Profile (SPP)—is being overhauled. The current SPP is not particularly straightforward, but it’s based mainly on test scores and academic growth. At the direction of Gov. Tom Wolf, the revised SPP will become ...