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.

Education

Fact Sheet: HB 1897 Eliminating Cyber Charter Schools

  • Marc LeBlond
  • October 16, 2019

Today 34,000 Pennsylvania kids choose cyber charter schools. HB 1897 would eliminate all Pa. cyber charter schools by fall 2021. It also issues a top-down mandate that each school district…

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Education

Charter School 101

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • October 15, 2019

Nearly 140,000 Pennsylvania students attend charter schools. Despite their popularity, misconceptions about charter schools abound. Here are answers to some common questions about this public alternative to district schools.

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Education

Protecting Mackenzie’s School

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • October 11, 2019

Brad and Emily Moore live in Erie County. They chose to send their oldest daughter to Commonwealth Cyber Charter Academy (CCA). But now her education and the education…

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Education

How to Fix the Teacher Shortage in Pa.

  • October 10, 2019

This year Gov. Wolf proposed raising the minimum salary of teachers to attract and mintain the best talent. There's a better way to attract the best…

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Education

Charter Reform Done Right

  • Marc LeBlond
  • September 20, 2019

Whether it’s a walk down the hall to a colleague’s office, or a flight across the ocean to see an old friend, visits show you care. Governor Tom Wolf visits many…

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Education

A Fair, Accountable, and Transparent Education

  • Colleen Hroncich, Marc LeBlond
  • September 16, 2019

What are the facts on fairness, accountability, and transparency in the Commonwealth’s education system?…

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Education

District Admits Breaking Charter Funding Law

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • September 11, 2019

You don’t often see a public official admit willfully and repeatedly breaking the law. Yet that’s what Pottsville Superintendent Jeffrey Zwiebel brazenly did in the Philadelphia Inquirer last week…

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Education

Teachers Unions are Out of Touch on School Choice

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • August 29, 2019

A recently released poll by Education Next finds widespread—and growing—support for school choice in America. Moreover, this support crosses racial and party lines. Pennsylvania’s two types of school choice—charter…

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Education

A Quality Education for Harrisburg Kids

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • August 27, 2019

Gov. Wolf likes to talk about getting every child a quality education no matter their zip code. Speaker Mike Turzai just unveiled a plan that would turn that platitude into…

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Education

Gov. Wolf Attacks Charters with 11 Executive Actions

  • Marc LeBlond
  • August 22, 2019

Earlier this summer, Gov. Wolf vetoed an expansion of tax credit scholarships that would have empowered thousands of Pennsylvania students. Now, he’s turned his attention to charter schools. The…

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Criminal Justice Reform

School to Prison Pipeline? Here’s the Escape Valve

  • Marc LeBlond
  • August 21, 2019

Anthony Samuels is “the only male in my family that doesn’t have a record.” Rather, Anthony is a college graduate and a business owner. At an age when many…

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Education

Statement: Gov. Wolf’s Charter Accountability Plan

  • Nathan Benefield
  • August 13, 2019

Today, Governor Tom Wolf will unveil his plans to alter accountability mechanisms for Pennsylvania's charter schools. However, Gov. Wolf's strategy is not as much about accountability as it is his administration's attempt…

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Education

A Better Strategy for Students in the “City of Champions”

  • Lenny McAllister
  • August 6, 2019

If there’s one team that has stopped the “City of Champions” from having more Super Bowl championships, it’s the Evil Empire from up north: the New England Patriots. And if…

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Education

Can School Choice Solve “Lunch Shaming”?

  • August 1, 2019

On July 9th, Wyoming Valley West School District in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania took reckless steps in “lunch shaming” hundreds of students and ordering repayment of their student meal debts. …

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Education

Students Lose in the “City of Champions”

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • July 29, 2019

Pittsburgh Pirates fans recently gathered at PNC Park to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1979 World Series Championship. When it comes to sports, people in the “City of Champions”…

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Education

Tax Hoarders Strike Again

  • Marc LeBlond
  • July 25, 2019

Last month Governor Wolf vetoed House Bill 800, which could have opened new educational opportunities to 50,000 low- to middle-income students. The legislation sailed through both chambers and would have…

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Education

Last Rites for Blaine Amendments?

  • July 22, 2019

The election of President John F. Kennedy was a milestone that went a long way in sealing the tomb on anti-Catholic sentiments. With the election of an Irishman from Massachusetts,…

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