A Look at Pennsylvania Education Issues

Op-Ed by Senator Vincent Hughes

In the piece, Senator Hughes discusses education funding, the PSSA test results and the comments of Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis at his September 21 news conference regarding cheating and test scores.

Education Survey Results and Analysis

Nearly 4,000 educators responded to a recent survey soliciting their input on improving public education in the Commonwealth. The survey was sent to public educators throughout the commonwealth, including all elected school directors, superintendents, building principals and other district administrators, intermediate unit directors, and 27,000 teachers. Educators were asked to assess our current system, evaluate recent reform efforts, and provide their own suggestions to improve public education programs in Pennsylvania.

Key Education Subsidies

This chart outlines the most significant funding history of all categorical programs since 2006-07.


Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) and the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) conducted a survey of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts to measure the impact of enacted cuts to basic education funding and loss of federal stimulus. Responses were received from 294 districts across the state (nearly 60 percent of districts), including the School District of Philadelphia.

Education Law Center Report on Education Policies in Philadelphia

The Education Law Center put out a report on how bad education policies affect learning in Philadelphia and offered policy recommendations to improve student achievement in Philadelphia.

Background on Pennsylvania’s Student Testing

Discusses the testing that Pennsylvania students are required to take to measure academic achievement.

2007-2012 PSSA results

This table provides the results of PSSA tests from 2007-2012 to illustrate academic achievement in Pennsylvania.

The Boston Consulting Group’s Study of Philadelphia School District

The study offers an analysis of the Philadelphia School District and offers recommendations.

Education Notes from Senators Andy Dinniman and Vincent Hughes

A wrap up of the enacted Education Budget, as well as the many legislative pieces relating to education that also became law during this time. A brief snapshot of what we can expect to be focusing on in the fall is also included.

Basic Education Subsidy

Provides a basic break-down of the Basic Education Subsidy

The Governor’s Misplaced Priorities: Education Funding Cuts

Provides a quick summary of Corbett’s Basic Education funding cuts

The Blue Ribbon Commission Report on Safe Schools

A major initiative of Project: Safe Schools was the convening of The Blue Ribbon Commission on Safe Schools (BRC). The BRC was convened in November 2010 as a result of the citywide concerns about the safety of our schools, commercial areas, and residential streets, in order to address a surge in youth homicide, school violence, ethnic intimidation, flash mobs, and assaults on citizens involving Philadelphia youth.

Education Investments – A Record of Progress

Pennsylvania has a demonstrated track record of improvement in education indices. This success must continue. We need to refocus this discussion toward state education policy decisions that will improve the performance of all of our children.

Education Investments – A Look Back

Over the past eight years, the Commonwealth has ramped up its investment in public education. School districts have seen increases in the basic education subsidy, as well as targeted efforts in early childhood education through the Keystone STARS and Pre-K Counts programs and assistance to school districts through the Pennsylvania Accountability Grants and Educational Assistance Program.

Stanford Study on Charter School Performance in Pennsylvania

This report examines the performance of Pennsylvania Charter Schools for the period of 2007-2010.

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Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
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Fort Washington, PA 19034
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