Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has enacted a law that trims property taxes by imposing new limits on school districts’ budgeting freedom, and shifts more of the burden of education funding from local to state shoulders.
July 12, 2006 – Education Week
In a bid to expand options for its high school graduates, the Philadelphia school district signed an agreement last week with the local building-trades council that will create at least 250 paid apprenticeships in the construction industry.
June 14, 2006 – Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings’ April 27 trip to Philadelphia for the first of what will be at least four U.S. Department of Education-sponsored forums on the landmark federal education law also signaled how far the Bush administration believes the 4-year-old law has come and the distance it still needs to go—often with a push from the secretary.
May 3, 2006 – Education Week
The Philadelphia schools and several partners last week unveiled highlights of a Teacher Diversity Campaign designed to get more teachers of color into the district’s classrooms.
April 26, 2006 – Education Week
Philadelphia students who attend public middle schools managed by outside groups are making learning gains that generally are no greater than than those of their counterparts at regular district-run middle schools, according to results from a study of that school system’s improvement efforts.
April 19, 2006 – Education Week
Shrinking enrollments and tight budgets are forcing urban education leaders around the country to close schools and shift thousands of students to different campuses next school year.
March 15, 2006 – Education Week
It’s all over now. But only days ago, the clash between Paul G. Vallas, the chief executive officer of the Philadelphia schools, and City Controller Alan Butkovitz prompted a top district official to say their behavior was worse than juvenile.
March 8, 2006 – Education Week
The governor of Pennsylvania has proposed increasing precollegiate education spending as a part of his bid to strengthen the state’s competitiveness.
February 15, 2006 – Education Week
Unhappy with Philadelphia’s standardized-testing procedures, students from one of the city’s high schools have persuaded the district to improve test preparation and test administration for high school students districtwide.
January 18, 2006 – Education Week
In issuing a blistering, unequivocal decision declaring “intelligent design” to be illegitimate science, a federal judge in Pennsylvania may have provided an authoritative guide for school officials and science teachers seeking to defend the teaching of evolution, legal observers say.
January 4, 2006 – Education Week

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