Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 20, 2013: If you are involved with policy regarding charter schools you need to read SRC member Joseph Dworetsky’s lucid analysis of their financial impact on school districts (and taxpayers).

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WHYY Newsworks By Dave Davies September 19, 2013 The Pennsylvania Legislature returns to session next week. link] The Two Faces of American Education The New York Review of Books by Andrew Delbanco OCTOBER 10, 2013 Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools by Diane Ravitch Knopf, 396 pp., Click Here To View and Print the Conference Registration Brochure.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 21, 2013: School Funding Formula Press Event on Monday 9/23 at 11:30 am Capitol Rotunda

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The group is slated to highlight problems schools face due to state funding cuts and the absence of a "rational" education funding formula as they call on lawmakers to make the issue their top priority in the fall legislative session, organizers said. Click Here To View and Print the Conference Registration Brochure. The Pre-Conference begins on Saturday with PIL Academies and Common Core sessions.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 17, 2013: “Anyone want to see the “crisis in American education”? Come see how the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is denying a thorough and efficient education to the children of Pittsburgh.”

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Her speech came on the eve of the release of her latest book, "Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America ''s Public Schools." Her new book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America''s Public Schools is released today (Tuesday, September 17th). America spends over 500 billion dollars a year educating children between the ages of 5 and 18.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 23, 2013: With lawmakers returning, it's time to stand up for public education

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education activists plan plea for more funding WHYY Newsworks By Mary Wilson, @marywilson September 23, 2013 Education advocates will welcome Pennsylvania lawmakers back to Harrisburg Monday for the fall session with a reminder that they need more money. The deep dysfunction of our public schools is said to threaten not only America ’s economy but also its national security. Click Here To View and Print the Conference Registration Brochure.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 16, 2013: Since 1991-92 there has been no set formula for providing funds for PA schools. 65% of all funds now distributed in this school year are based on statistics from the 1989-90 school year.

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link] Bill would tweak executive session rules By Brad Hundt Editorial Page Editor bhundt@observer-reporter.com Sep 13, 2013 at 9:54 pm State Rep. The bill, which is being debated in the House Committee on State Government, would limit when members of school or township boards, city councils or any other elected body, can retreat into “executive session.” Click Here To View and Print the Conference Registration Brochure.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 25, 2013: Ed Policy Roundup Hiatus

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News & World Report''s Best High Schools in America. In its 31-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on nearly 7,500 of America ''s schools. According to the organizers, “the Bammy Awards were created in response to the relentless national criticism of America ’s public schools. Click Here To View and Print the Conference Registration Brochure.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 18, 2013: Pew Poll: With education cuts Philly is eating its own young. "Gov. Corbett's main focus is to ensure that students in the district have access to the best education possible," said Timothy Eller, a spokesman for the state Education Department.

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Diane Ravitch’s new education book — an excerpt Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss , Published: September 18 at 5:00 am Education historian and activist Diane Ravitch’s new book, “ Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools ,” just went on sale and it’s bound to be the biggest — and most controversial — education book of the year. Click Here To View and Print the Conference Registration Brochure.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 19, 2013: Ravitch and Rhee: Two Near-Opposite Views for Fixing Philadelphia Schools

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Micek | jmicek@pennlive.com on September 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM , Glen Grell offered little more than a shrug and a laugh when he was asked what he expected as state lawmakers wrap up the world’s longest summer vacation and finally return to voting sessions on Monday. “I Ravitch spoke at Philadelphia ''s Free Library Tuesday night about her new book, "Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America ''s Public Schools."

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 24, 2013: Education advocates demand equitable school funding formula

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We went together to call on our state legislators to put public school funding at the top of their priority list for this year''s legislative session. Click Here To View and Print the Conference Registration Brochure. The Pre-Conference begins on Saturday with PIL Academies and Common Core sessions.

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