Pennsylvania’s future is in the hands of the next generation. Parents and students—not activist agendas—should drive the Commonwealth’s education policy. While policymakers have been entrusted with ensuring the next generation receives a quality education, parents should be empowered to choose the quality education that meets their unique child’s needs. Charter schools and tax credit scholarships are integral pieces of school choice, but more reforms are needed to make school choice a reality for all Pennsylvania students.

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The teacher shortage isn’t the real issue with Philly schools

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • September 26, 2022

Originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer Daniel Nansi always dreamed that his daughter would go to school in America — until he landed in Philadelphia. Originally from Benin, a…

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Pennsylvania Schools Have a Student Shortage: Districts on Hiring Spree Even as Enrollment Falls

  • August 30, 2022

Harrisburg, PA – The Commonwealth Foundation, Pennsylvania’s leading free-market public policy research organization, reported today that despite declining public school enrollments, Keystone State school funding has significantly increased fueling a significant…

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Pa. Back to School Education Trends

  • August 26, 2022

Overview As students head back to school, there are many claims of teacher shortages and funding shortfalls. In reality, public school spending is at a record high and Pennsylvania ranks…

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Why parents are choosing Black-led charter schools

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • August 22, 2022

Originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer For years, Black parents in Philadelphia have been pulling their kids out of traditional public schools and enrolling them in charters. As of…

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The historic expansion of tax credit scholarships is a win for our kids

  • Nathan Benefield
  • July 31, 2022

Originally published in The Patriot-News Pennsylvania’s new state budget includes a historic $125 million expansion of two successful scholarship programs—the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and the Opportunity Scholarship…

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How innovative education can help Pennsylvania’s economy

  • Gordon Tomb
  • July 20, 2022

Originally published in the Bucks County Courier Times Over two years after Gov. Tom Wolf’s shutdown of all “non-life-sustaining business,” Pennsylvania’s economy still struggles to recover. Pennsylvania has …

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Pennsylvania schools have a hoarding problem

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • June 30, 2022

Originally published in The Mercury “Pennsylvania has been chronically underfunding school districts for decades,” according to school board member Jackie Huff. That is a common claim by politicians —…

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Pennsylvania Senators Must Defy Teachers’ Unions to Offer Lifeline Scholarships to Students in Failed Districts

  • Kevin Mooney
  • June 29, 2022

Originally published at Broad + Liberty Before this year’s elections, Pennsylvania state senators will have the opportunity to return taxpayer dollars to parents and students victimized by perpetually failing…

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Scholarship bill is a lifeline for kids

  • Stephen Bloom
  • June 27, 2022

Originally published at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Pennsylvania has become a battleground for educational freedom and choice. Parents from diverse perspectives are showing up at school board meetings, filing lawsuits,…

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Pa. Senate Committee Passes Lifeline Scholarships

  • June 21, 2022

June 21, 2022, Harrisburg, Pa. —Today, the Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee approved a bill to extend Lifeline Scholarships to students in underperforming school districts. House Bill 2169, sponsored by…

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Excellent Education Isn’t for the Select Few

  • David P. Hardy
  • June 13, 2022

Originally published in The Philadelphia Citizen Recent controversy over admission standards for Philadelphia’s selective schools made me think of my wife’s journey to attend Masterman when it…

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Pa. Education Spending Soars to All-Time High

  • June 9, 2022

Key Points Pennsylvania school district spending per student increased to $19,900 in 2020–21.State support of public education is up 40 percent over the last decade, reaching an all-time high of…

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It’s time to get progressive about education

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • June 6, 2022

Originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer Requis Sherby’s recent Inquirer op-ed about escaping public school bullying as a nonbinary and bisexual student resonates with me. I was bullied,…

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