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

School Choice Hypocrisy Coming in DC?

  • Nathan Benefield
  • March 1, 2009

The federal “omnibus” bill, despite billions in earmarks an pork, also proposes to cut off funding for the DC Scholarship program, write Dan Lips and Robert Enlow in NRO…

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Education

Time for Universities to Focus on Education

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • February 28, 2009

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the Pennsylvania State Board of Education’s recent suggestion to establish “no-frills” 4-year colleges. The proposal has sparked debate over what constitutes a “frill”. Francis…

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Education

Home Sweet Home

  • February 27, 2009

WGAL has a feature on homeschooling. Homeschooling has become a popular alternative for families in recent years: over 1.5 million students across the country are currently taught at home…

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Education

Local Proficiency Measures are Lacking in PA

  • Nathan Benefield
  • February 26, 2009

A new study from Penn State reveals that local school districts’ assessments, allowed as an alternative to the 11th-grade PSSA exam to demonstrate proficiency for Pennsylvania students before graduating,…

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Education

Fact Check: PA Education Spending

  • Nathan Benefield
  • February 24, 2009

A myth floating around Harrisburg is that the state government used to fund 50% of K-12 education, and has reduced support since then. This was most recently stated by…

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Education

Report Card on American Education: A State-by-State Analysis

  • Nathan Benefield
  • February 23, 2009

The American Legislative Exchange Council has released their annual Report Card on American Education. The report is filled with education data – spending, inputs, academic performance – with a…

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Education

Piccola Offers Alternative Plan for PA Higher Ed

  • Nathan Benefield
  • February 18, 2009

State Sen. Jeff Piccola has a new proposal to offer additional grants directly to Pennsylvania students for higher education, and tie this funding to both schools’ holding tuition costs down…

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High Marks for Higher Ed Reforms

  • February 18, 2009

Sen. Piccola’s proposal would increase college affordability, accountability HARRISBURG, PA — The Commonwealth Foundation today praised the proposal to reform higher education funding introduced by Senate Education Committee…

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Education

School Choice Yearbook

  • Nathan Benefield
  • February 13, 2009

The Alliance for School Choice has released their 2008-09 School Choice Yearbook (click here for the news release).  The yearbook profiles school choice programs in every state, the…

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Education

School District Consolidation is a Red Herring

  • Nathan Benefield
  • February 13, 2009

In the movie Men in Black, Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) carries a small device that flashes, allowing him to make people forget meeting him (or seeing aliens).  Gov. Rendell…

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Education

For-Profit Philadelphia Schools Show Gains

  • Nathan Benefield
  • February 10, 2009

A new study by Paul Peterson and Matthew Chingos finds that the Philadelphia public schools contracted out to for-profit operators showed significant gains in student achievement. Specifically, the…

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Education

The Great College Hoax

  • Nathan Benefield
  • February 8, 2009

Forbes has an excellent article on the merits of college – and taxpayer subsidies of higher ed – even as Governor Rendell proposes legalized video poker to put…

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Education

The School District Consolidation Myth

  • Nathan Benefield
  • February 5, 2009

As part of his budget, Governor Rendell proposed creating a commission on consolidating PA school districts (and it turns out, he may intend to do so even if the legislature…

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Economists Against Governor Rendell

  • Nathan Benefield
  • February 4, 2009

In his budget address, Governor Rendell cited “conservative” economists who support the stimulus package and his spending proposals, even though they don’t. Here is Rendell: Economists from…

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Education

Obama Transparency Standard Challenges School Boards

  • February 3, 2009

Pennsylvania school boards have been presented an opportunity to measure up to the standard set by our new President.  In his inaugural address, Barack Obama promised that public business would…

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Education

PA Budget Proposals: Cut the Fat, Play Poker

  • Nathan Benefield
  • February 3, 2009

Sen. John Eichelberger unveiled a proposal today to issue a moratorium on “earmarks”, the legislative-controlled WAMs and other items.  The proposal also calls for a review of all…

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Education

Overspending Schools Don’t Need More Taxpayer Funding

  • Nathan Benefield
  • February 2, 2009

NYTimes article (registration required) looks at how much of the federal “stimulus” money would go to school spending, particularly for school construction.  Critics and supporters alike…

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More Subsidies for Higher Education

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • February 2, 2009

Governor Rendell is proposing an increase of $128 million in tuition aide for students at PASSHE schools. There’s no question that skyrocketing tuition is hitting families hard, but throwing…

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Adam Smith Courses

  • January 29, 2009

Our friends at the Wynnewood Institute are hosting a seminar series on the writings of Adam Smith, who is sometimes referred to as the “father of economics.” The series…

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Some More “half” Truths on the PSEA

  • Nathan Benefield
  • January 21, 2009

The Tribune-Democrat features an editorial by a PSEA member in which he calls Matt Brouillette’s commentary “a hodgepodge of distortions, half-truths and unadulterated flapdoodle”. I have no idea…

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