ELC in the News

Editorial: School funding inequity in Pa. is shameful

May 8, 2017 – by the Pottstown Mercury Editorial Board This newspaper has long been at the forefront of the argument for fair schools funding in Pennsylvania, arguing that the state Constitution guarantees every child a quality education regardless of wealth or address.

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Advocates want the district to end suspensions of elementary school students

May 3, 2017 – WHYY Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane Last year, the Philadelphia School District ended most out-of-school suspensions for kindergartners. However, thousands of elementary school children—first through fifth grade—are still being suspended. Schools have zero-tolerance policies for violent behavior, but most suspensions are for nonviolent offenses.

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Letter: “Re-think placing children in a facility like Wordsworth”

May 1, 2017 – Philadelphia Public School Notebook – by Maura McInerney Last week, nine members of City Council called on the city and School District to take immediate action to dissolve their contracts with Wordsworth Philadelphia in the wake of reports of horrific abuse at the facility that led to the death of one child and…

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Studies show racial bias in Pennsylvania school funding

April 30, 2017 – The Pottstown Mercury – by Evan Brandt POTTSTOWN — People objecting to Pennsylvania’s status as the state with the widest gap between funding for rich and poor school districts have argued that a zip code all-too-often determines the quality of a student’s education.

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Stop suspending elementary-age pupils, advocates ask Philly schools

April 27, 2017 – Philadelphia Inquirer– by Kristen Graham The Philadelphia School District should permanently prohibit out-of-school suspensions of children through fifth grade, a group of child advocates says, contending the district currently uses exclusion from school at “alarming rates” for its littlest learners.

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Education Advocates Call Charter-School Reform Bill Flawed

April 25, 2017 – Public News Service PA – by Andrea Sears HARRISBURG, Pa. – Legislation to reform charter schools in Pennsylvania could come up for a vote any day now, but education advocates say the bill doesn’t fix the problem. House Bill 97 could be the first major reform of the state’s charter-school law since…

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Move to end suspensions of some students gains steam in Pa.

April 19, 2017 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – by Molly Born A proposal in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to end out-of-school suspensions for most elementary students comes as Pittsburgh Public Schools is exploring a plan of its own for its youngest learners. 

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State bill would halt suspensions up to sixth grade

April 5, 2017 – The Philadelphia Tribune – by Stacy M. Brown HARRISBURG — Year after year, African-American students and other minorities have faced much harsher discipline in public schools than their peers, based on information provided by the state Department of Education. 

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English learners caught in competition for funding

Oct. 20, 2016 – The Philadelphia Public School Notebook – by Bill Hangley, Jr. This year brought some good news for Katie Christ. “I finally got textbooks!” That’s a welcome addition to Christ’s high school classroom in Delaware County’s William Penn School District, where she’s taught students who are learning English for 11 years. But new…

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More US Schools Accused of Denying Education to Immigrants

July 19, 2016 – AP PHILADELPHIA — Civil rights lawyers have sued a third U.S. school district over what they call a practice of denying older refugee and immigrant students a meaningful education by steering them to alternative high schools.

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