Tag: policy

WHYY: Education Groups at Odds over Study of Philly Schools Performance

An influential school reform group is urging Philadelphia school leaders to approve every charter school applicant that can effectively run schools that serve a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students. Last week, district officials heard pitches from operators hoping to open 40 new charter schools across the city. To back up its advice on charters, …

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PSAP Position Paper Details Disparity in Academic Performance in Philadelphia Public Schools

Data show economically disadvantaged students are unequally served by two very different systems of schools within the city; PSAP recommends reforms PHILADELPHIA, PA – Using recently released School Performance Profiles (SPP) from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Philadelphia School Advocacy Partners (PSAP), an organization started by the Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP), today submitted to the …

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PSP Statement on Applications for New Charter Schools

An analysis of the newest Pennsylvania School Performance Profile (SPP) shows that high-quality charters that primarily serve economically disadvantaged students (>80%) are massively outperforming traditional public schools serving the same population. Out of 194 schools in Philadelphia with student bodies that are more than 80% economically disadvantaged, only 17 earned an SPP of at least …

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Where We Go From Here

by Mark Gleason, Executive Director At the Philadelphia School Partnership, all of our work is focused on ensuring that every child in Philadelphia can attend a school that prepares students for college and careers. PSP’s policy positions and priorities are shaped by our experiences funding more than two dozen District, charter and private schools serving predominantly low-income …

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Mark Gleason’s testimony to the School Reform Commission on charter policies

“Any healthy school system must be dynamic in its approach, which means taking action to address low-performing schools” Testimony to the School Reform Commission, Mark Gleason, Executive Director, Philadelphia School Partnership Mr. Chairman, members of the Commission, thank you for your service, and for the opportunity to comment today. I am the executive director of …

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Big news on seniority reform in Philadelphia’s schools

Today’s paper reports that the school district took a big step toward principals having more autonomy to build their teams. What we’ve learned through investing $30 million in 28 Philadelphia schools is that ending outdated seniority policies is critical to creating great schools of all types. Superintendent Hite said in today’s Inquirer, “The overarching focus is …

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Mark Gleason testifies before PA House Democratic Policy Committee and calls for funding and policies that produce outcomes

Today, Mark Gleason, executive director of PSP, testified before the PA House Democratic Policy Committee at the invitation of Representative Brian Sims. Here is his full testimony: Good afternoon. I would first like to extend my appreciation to Representative Sims and the other members of the Committee for holding this hearing today. There is no …

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