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20 July 2014 0 Comments

Personnel is Policy: Tom Corbett, Acting Sec. of ED Dumaresq and the PSEA

Corbett’s cordial relationship with teachers’ unions tells us why K-12 unionized, government bureaucracy cost so much. (Hat tip to Pennsylvanians for Union Reform  and Jim Panyard  for this  27 August  2013 report. The PSEA has been the most well-financed and very effective opposition to pension finance reform. Personnel is Policy: PSEA’s person is Pennsylvania Secretary […]

18 July 2014 0 Comments

Philadelphia Not Small Business Friendly

Philadelphia is not small business friendly. These petty, and no so petty, harassments are endlessly depressing to growth.   wait…it’s for the children   

15 July 2014 0 Comments

The Unions’ False Narrative — Pennsylvania School Spending

The false narrative of the teachers’ unions is refuted by the numbers.    

28 April 2014 0 Comments

The Difference between Tom Corbett and Me — Special Education Funding for Charter School and Cyber Charter School Funding- To Veto or Not To Veto

I will veto: Tom Corbett will not. HB 2138 sponsored by Republican Representative Bernie O’Neill, a Bucks County Union Financed Republican and SB 1316 Republican Senator Pat Browne of Lehigh County, a Pileggi Ally and career hack. These bills are driven by the government teachers’ unions, PSEA and AFT.   It is an outrage that Republican […]

23 April 2014 0 Comments

Common Core Rick Santorum versus Tom Corbett

Tom Corbett’s Department of Education is implementing Common Core, a very expensive program nationalizing education. While I am no fan of the opportunistic, self-absorbed Rick Santorum, I can’t say he is stupid. When he is right, I have to say he is right. Here Rick Santorum articulates, cogently and clearly, what is wrong with Common […]

10 April 2014 0 Comments

Common Core – Unity Is Not Uniformity

  I will not impose Common Core on Pa. schools.  The reasons to oppose Common Core are too numerous to enumerate here. I am opposed and as chief executive, I intend to expand school choice by expanding Education Improvement Tax Credits and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credits and to reduce obstacles to building charter schools and cyber […]

4 April 2014 0 Comments

The Knockout Game continues at Bartram High Part 2

      At Unionized and Government Run Bartram Violence Persists READ MORE Kristin Graham and Dylan Purcell 4 April 2014        School Choice for the poorest kids in the worst schools seems a moral mandate for all of us. This is, of course, opposed by the richest and most powerful special interest in […]

31 March 2014 0 Comments

The Knockout Game at Philadelphia’s Government Operated Unionized Bartram High –Part 1

   Bartram staffer Alphonso Stevenson was knocked unconscious by a student at the school on March 21. This image was posted on Twitter that day. READ MORE Kristen Graham and Dylan Purcell 31 March 2014 Philadelphia Inquirer The Inquirer’s Pulitzer Prize winning Seven Part series “Assault on Learning” ran 27 March 2011 to 3 April 2011 […]

17 October 2012 0 Comments

School Choice and African-Americans – the New York Expeience – It Works

A Generation of School-Voucher Success African-American kids in New York were 24% more likely to attend college if they won a scholarship to attend private school. READ MORE WSJ Chingos and Peterson: A Generation of School-Voucher Success WSJ 23August 2012  “The Effects of School Vouchers on College Enrollment: Experimental Evidence from New York City,”

7 October 2012 0 Comments

Philadelphia Government PSSA Scores Decline – 53 Schools Suspected of Cheating

“As the Notebook and Newsworks reported Thursday, preliminary results of the 2012 PSSA tests show declines after 10 years of increases, with the biggest drops occurring in schools under investigation for possible cheating and in the lower grades. Most of the 53 schools under investigation showed sharp drops. ” READ MORE Philadelphia Public School Notebook […]