Pennsylvania

Paul G. Vallas, the chief executive officer of the Philadelphia schools, has been tapped to lead the state-run district that operates most of the schools in New Orleans.
May 9, 2007 – Education Week
The study comes on the heels of other reports that found students in privately managed schools didn’t perform as well as those in schools that Philadelphia restructured.
April 18, 2007 – Education Week
A recent wave of violence against teachers has prompted new policies on student offenders.
March 21, 2007 – Education Week
Some privately managed public schools have not delivered the same rates of improved achievement as those run by the city district.
March 1, 2007 – Education Week
Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell has proposed a $9.3 billion pre-K-12 education budget, a 5.8 percent hike from the amount spent in fiscal 2007.
February 14, 2007 – Education Week
Privately managed schools, introduced four years ago to the 196,000-student Philadelphia public school district, have not shown any statistically significant effects on students’ reading- or math-proficiency scores, according to a report by the Santa Monica, Calif.-based RAND Corp.
February 7, 2007 – Education Week
The governor's chief of staff is appointed to the control board of one of the state's worst-performing school districts.
January 24, 2007 – Education Week
Democratic Gov. Edward G. Rendell, who was re-elected in November, has pushed for a property-tax cut and for shifting more of the burden for school costs to the state government.
December 20, 2006 – Education Week
Nearly five years after a budget crisis helped prompt state officials to take over the Philadelphia public schools, Pennsylvania’s largest district is grappling again with financial woes.
November 15, 2006 – Education Week
Amid concern over the high dropout rates in many big-city high schools, district and community leaders are turning to researchers for a more fine-grained understanding of the nature and scope of the problem.
November 15, 2006 – Education Week

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