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

FEBRUARY 2, 2016 | News Availability

Myth vs. Fact as Wolf Announces Education Plans

The reality is, state taxpayers are already paying enough for public education. The governor and lawmakers must find smarter ways to spend this money, not keep asking for more.

JANUARY 29, 2016 | Commentary by JAMES PAUL

Open Floodgates of School Choice in Philadelphia

How can we expect any single school - public, private, or home school - to adequately serve the unique needs of every student who passes through its doors? We can't - and we don't have to - provided we open the floodgates of choice for Philadelphia's schoolchildren.

JANUARY 12, 2016 | Commentary by KEITH WILLIAMS, JODIE KRATZ, MATT EASON

Freedom on the Horizon for Pa. Teachers?

How much money will you have to pay a private political organization just to keep your job this year? If this question sounds ridiculous, that’s because it is—unless you are a public school teacher in Pennsylvania. Then, it’s the sad reality. But a U.S. Supreme Court case could change that for tens of thousands of teachers like us.

NOVEMBER 5, 2015 | Commentary by BRITTNEY PARKER

For Latinos, Education is Key to Success

For the Hispanic community, education is the key to making the American Dream a reality. Yet far too many Latinos remain victims of their ZIP code and socio-economic status when it comes to quality schooling.

OCTOBER 20, 2015 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Bill Would Send Ghost Teachers Back to School

With Halloween quickly approaching, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh students won’t have to go far to get their scares—dozens of ghost teachers haunt their halls, some for as many as 30 years.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Cosigned: Amicus Brief Says SCOTUS Must Restore Teachers' Rights

For Pennsylvania teachers and other public employees forced to fund union interests, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association could be a game-changer.

SEPTEMBER 3, 2015 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

A Day in the Life of a Union Dollar

James Williams teaches science in the West Middlesex Area School District in Mercer County, where school began on Monday, but he doesn’t belong to the teachers’ union. James recently exited the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), the state’s largest teachers’ union, fed up with how the PSEA was using his dues.

SEPTEMBER 1, 2015 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Pa. Teachers Exit Unions, Reclaim Freedom

On the schoolyard playground, rules maintain a fair playing field. But in most Pennsylvania school districts, the game is rigged in favor of powerful unions—at teachers’ expense. That’s why a growing number of teachers are opting out of their union and reclaiming their freedom.

AUGUST 25, 2015 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Teacher’s Bill of Rights: PA Educators Should be Free to Teach

Pennsylvania’s teachers are inspired by a passion to educate but, ironically, stymied by the union leaders charged with representing them. Now, they are speaking out in sup

AUGUST 3, 2015 | Commentary by NATHAN BENEFIELD

Truth Lacking on 'Schools That Teach' Tour

Gov. Wolf’s 'Schools That Teach' public relations tour and statewide ad campaigns supporting him aren’t telling voters the truth about the budget impasse or the governor's tax proposal.

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