Center for Educational Excellence

The Center for Educational Excellence strives to implement reforms that create greater incentives for schools to respect parents and students as customers; encourage continuous quality improvement, parental involvement, and respect for teachers as professionals; and use taxpayers’ resources more efficiently.




Research Items

OCTOBER 16, 2014 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

How PFT Fails Philadelphia Students, Teachers & the Poor

October 16, 2014, PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Academic failure, school violence, and broken dreams: This is the failed legacy that years of Pennsylvania Federation of Teachers' leadership has left Philadelphia’s students and teachers—and all for political gain.

OCTOBER 15, 2014 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

How PFT Fails Phila. Students & Teachers Revealed at Union Rally Tomorrow

At tomorrow’s union rally in Philadelphia, Commonwealth Foundation will be distributing informational fliers to inform teachers and the public about how leadership of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers is failing teachers and students and standing in the way of tens of millions of dollars getting to classrooms.

OCTOBER 13, 2014 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

York Schools Rank 499th of 500 in Achievement, Change is Overdue

October 13, 2014, HARRISBURG, Pa.—New research from the Commonwealth Foundation reveals that for years York City students have suffered in some of Pennsylvania’s worst-achieving public schools—second to last in the state to be exact. That’s despite a steady rise in funding amounting to a 33 percent increase over ten years.

OCTOBER 8, 2014 | Policy Memo by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Assessing the Cost of Tom Wolf's Spending and Tax Proposals

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf has proposed several new spending initiatives and tax code changes, though specific details remain lacking. To give Pennsylvanians a better idea of the impact of these proposals, we conducted an analysis of his two major education funding proposals. We also analyze his personal income tax proposal, the increase in the income tax rate required to pay for his spending plans, and the impact on taxpayers.

OCTOBER 8, 2014 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Analysis: Wolf's "Fresh Start" Plan Requires Huge Tax Increases

October 8, 2014, HARRISBURG, Pa.—A new analysis of gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf’s “Fresh Start” plan reveals that Wolf’s spending and tax proposals—$4.6 billion in new spending on education alone—would result in a potential 121% increase to the state income tax rate, bringing it to a whopping 6.8 percent. That’s almost an additional $600

OCTOBER 6, 2014 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Lawmakers Vote Today - Educate Students at a Fraction of the Cost

October 6, 2014, HARRISBURG, Pa.—Today, the state House will consider strengthening educational choice and opportunity for Pennsylvania students. Pending legislation would make it easier for businesses to contribute to two tax credit programs, making highly sought after scholarships more readily available for families across the state.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 | Commentary by JAMES PAUL

Overcoming the Philadelphia School Crisis

Think there's a problem with Philadelphia's schools? You're not alone. More than half of Philadelphia voters said their schools deserved a D or an F grade in a poll released last month. These problems won't be solved simply with increased funding - that remedy has already been tried. It's time for a new approach.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 | Policy Brief by ANDREW LEFEVRE

Ten Thousand Lifeboats

Improving Students' Educational Futures via Pennsylvania's Scholarship Tax Credit Programs

EITC Success

In 2001, Pennsylvania became the first state in the nation to enact an education tax credit aimed at corporations. Since then, the popular Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program has provided more than 430,000 scholarships to students from low- and middle-income families across the commonwealth seeking the right school for their child.

SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 | Commentary by NATHAN BENEFIELD

Misconceptions Cloud School Funding Debate

Would you believe that nearly three-quarters of Pennsylvania’s voters underestimate how much money we spend on schools? Shocking but true, according to a new poll testing the public’s knowledge of school funding facts.

AUGUST 26, 2014 | Poli-Graph by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Six Facts About Voters' Views on State Education Spending

Nearly three-quarters of Pennsylvania voters underestimate the amount the state spends on education. And when informed of the facts, support for boosting education funding by hiking taxes dropped significantly.

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