Op-Ed: Chicago’s Lessons for Philadelphia Schools
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Education is the first stepping-stone on the path to success, but Pennsylvania students face severe inequality among public school districts. Thousands who can’t afford private school are trapped in failing schools or situations that aren’t the right fit. The solution to this crisis is school choice. By offering families options outside their zip code-assigned district schools, students are better able to find their path to success. Charter schools, tax credit scholarships, education savings accounts (ESAs), homeschooling, and other types of education choice must become a priority in Pennsylvania.
Pa. Homeschooling 101: Legal Requirements
Thinking about homeschooling in Pennsylvania but don’t know where to begin? Here’s what you need to know to get started from education policy expert and homeschool mom Colleen Hroncich. Understanding…
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Public Charter Schools Discounted, Ignored During COVID-19
We were told that school districts and Intermediate Units were the experts on cyber education. We were told they were so great that alternatives, like cyber charter schools, should be eliminated.
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Parents will be in a tough spot if schools don’t open. Back on Track ESAs can help.
Gov. Wolf says he is willing to “pull the plug” on school re-openings if an increase in COVID-19 cases continues. That puts working parents in an especially tough spot.
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New Bill Would Give $1,000 to Eligible Families Cover Education Expenses
Kids have suffered enough from the coronavirus. Back on Track education scholarship accounts can help stop the losses and put them on a better path.
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Myths & Facts: Homeschooling
While the average kid—or parent—might have rejected the idea of homeschooling just a year ago, COVID-19 could change that sentiment. As face masks, social distancing, rotating schedules, and health risks…
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What is Hybrid Homeschooling?
If you—like many parents—are hesitant to send your kids back to their district school this year, hybrid homeschooling may be a great option to consider. You’ll have far greater flexibility…
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Honor the Heroes of Liberty: Give Military Families Educational Freedom
Patriotism runs strong in the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, so it’s no surprise that Pennsylvanians stand united in support for military children. 85 percent of Pennsylvanians support an ESA program…
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Thinking About Homeschooling? Here are 5 Things to Know
Homeschool mom and education expert Colleen Hroncich answers the five most frequently asked questions she gets from parents starting—or considering starting—homeschool. I never wanted to homeschool – what should…
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Understanding Back on Track ESAs
Key Points Pennsylvania children lost months of schooling—many without access to educational resources. Families are bearing increased expenses from at-home learning. Back on Track Education Scholarship Accounts (ESAs) will help…
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New Education Polling Results!
Learn what likely voters throughout Pennsylvania think about schooling preferences, educational choice, school funding, and more in the Pennsylvania K-12 & School Choice Survey.
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Happy Birthday, EITC!
Today's the anniversary of PA's EITC program. Our new polling shows 71% of Pennsylvanians support tax credit scholarships. And no wonder—they benefits public schools, taxpayers, businesses, and families. …
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Emergency Education Scholarship Accounts
Educational impacts from COVID-19 will reverberate for years—particularly for students who are already struggling. Emergency ESAs can help stem learning losses and keep kids on a path to success.
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Pennsylvania Kids and Schools in Crisis: How to Save Them
Pennsylvania private schools serve over 200,000 kids, many of them low- to middle-income. If private schools are forced to close, public schools will have enormous new costs as they try to…
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Top 5 Questions about Homeschooling
We're suddenly homeschoolers—what now? How do I handle educating kids of various ages? What resources are available? We've got the answers you're looking for! …
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Op-Ed: With classes canceled for weeks, schools must embrace innovation
Now is the time for the Philadelphia School District to embrace innovation, creativity, and critical thinking.
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Understanding Cyber Charter Schools
Misconceptions abound when it comes to cyber charter schools—and opponents use that confusion to attack this important option. In the current era of school shutdowns, it's more important than ever…
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How to Enroll in Cyber School
Parents, if you’re anything like our family, you’re probably considering certain education options for your kids for the first time. As schools across the state work to develop remote…
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A Time for Choosing: Systems or Kids?
In this time of crisis, teachers and parents are working to ensure children can continue to learn. But new legislation cuts off funding for parents seeking cyber education for their…
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Pa. Lawmakers can Help Families and Businesses Overcome COVID-19
March 25, 2020, Harrisburg, Pa. — Today, Commonwealth Foundation released a package of key policy solutions to help reduce the harm caused by COVID-19 and the response to it.
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Welcome to the Homeschool Club!
New homeschoolers, try to relax and enjoy this unexpected time with your kids. While there may be some things they don’t learn now that they would have learned in a…
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Parent to Parent: 3 Keys to Stay Sane and Healthy During COVID-19
If you haven’t been living under a rock, you know all Pennsylvania public schools have been closed. What do parents and educators need to know?…
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