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

Bob Casey Still Needs to Read the Stimulus Bill

  • Nathan Benefield
  • June 9, 2009

Sen. Bob Casey – in remarks designed to counter the facts laid out by the Commonwealth Foundation, namely that Pennsylvania school districts will get a dramatic increase in…

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Education

Bonus Fact Check: Government Preschool

  • Nathan Benefield
  • June 8, 2009

One point that has been raised during the Rendell administration’s taxpayer funding lobbying campaign for higher taxes was the benefits of the Pre-K Counts programs. On this, we…

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Education

Brouillette to Counter Rendell’s “Tax You More” Bus Tour

  • June 8, 2009

Harrisburg, PA — Gov. Rendell’s week-long, state-wide bus tour to scare and mislead Pennsylvanians into thinking they pay too little in taxes and don’t spend enough on public education will…

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Education

Fact Check: K-12 Education Support Increase Under SB 850

  • Nathan Benefield
  • June 8, 2009

While the Rendell administration is burning your tax dollars funding a bus tour across Pennsylvania to ask for more education spending (and the higher taxes needed to pay for…

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Education

Budget Facts 2009: Spending Increases by Department

  • June 7, 2009

Pennsylvania faces a $3 billion tax revenue shortfall in the state’s General Fund Budget.  Competing proposals from Gov. Ed Rendell and the Republican-led Senate differ on raising taxes and reducing/reprioritizing…

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Education

Budget Facts 2009: State Education Spending

  • June 7, 2009

Pennsylvania faces a $3 billion tax revenue shortfall in the state’s General Fund Budget.  Competing proposals from Gov. Ed Rendell and the Republican-led Senate differ on raising taxes and reducing/reprioritizing…

Fact Sheet

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Education

Will Government-Run Preschool Help Fight Al-Qaeda?

  • Nathan Benefield
  • June 3, 2009

The Patriot News has a blurb about former generals saying that government-run preschool will help improve the military, and that if the Pennsylvania Senate budget passes, the terrorists…

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Education

Teachers Union vs. Taxpayers and Students (Draft)

  • Nathan Benefield
  • May 28, 2009

The Blackhawk Education Association sparked ligation costing taxpayers in the Blackhawk School District over $160,000. The district was paying tutors the rate of substitute teachers, but the union had…

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Education

Philadelphia Limits Choices for School Children

  • Nathan Benefield
  • May 28, 2009

Brad Vasoli has a troubling article in The Bulletin about how the Philadelphia School District is trying to limit the enrollment of charter schools in the district. District officials…

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Education

Private Funding for Public Schools

  • May 26, 2009

Several Pennsylvania school districts, such as Upper Moreland, are considering proposals to sell advertising space on district school buses as a means to raise additional revenue. Rather than turning…

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Education

Get the Quarter Back

  • Nathan Benefield
  • May 15, 2009

There is an old joke, with many variations that goes something like this: a foreigner came to visit a friend in America, and they went to watch a Pittsburgh Steelers…

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Education

Does Universal Preschool Improve Learning?

  • Nathan Benefield
  • May 15, 2009

The Heritage Foundation has a new backgrounder asking, “Does Universal Preschool Improve Learning?”   The short answer is NO.  For the long answer, they examine universal preschool programs…

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Education

PA School Districts to Get 12% Increase in Support

  • Nathan Benefield
  • May 12, 2009

Despite all the whining about budget cuts from the Rendell Administration (even though Rendell demanded there be “no whining”), Pennsylvania school districts are set to get substantially more…

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Education

Saving School Choice (and Savings of School Choice)

  • Nathan Benefield
  • May 5, 2009

Great new video from ReasonTV on the DC Voucher program, and the threats to eliminate it, despite a US Department of Education report that it helps improves student learning…

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Education

Weighted Student Funding Formula

  • Nathan Benefield
  • May 4, 2009

Reason Foundation has a new yearbook and resources on weighted student funding.  Weighted student funding is a way for school districts, and states, to fund students instead of school…

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Education

Rethinking Financial Aid for Higher Ed

  • Nathan Benefield
  • April 28, 2009

Andrew Gillen of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity has an interesting analysis of the effects of federal and state financial aid programs for colleges and universities.  Namely,…

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Education

Are Lawmakers Considering “Other Options” on Scotland School?

  • Nathan Benefield
  • April 13, 2009

Several state lawmakers and parents are protesting Governor Rendell’s proposed closing of Scotland School (HT GrassrootsPA) – a school ostensibly for children of veterans – claiming we must…

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Education

Are Lawmakers Considering “Other Options” on Scotland School?

  • Nathan Benefield
  • April 13, 2009

Several state lawmakers and parents are protesting Governor Rendell’s proposed closing of Scotland School (HT GrassrootsPA) – a school ostensibly for children of veterans – claiming we must…

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Education

Charter Schools Always Face a Financial Struggle

  • Nathan Benefield
  • April 13, 2009

Kevin Ferris has a piece in the Wall Street Journal on the difficulty that charter schools face funding their facilities.  Ferris uses as his case study First Philadelphia Charter…

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