Podcast: Helping You Understand Education Policy In PA

In my interview with Triad Strategies last week, I discussed the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center's new Education Facts Page, which pulls together data and analyses on public, charter and private education in the commonwealth. We hope this web page will inform dialogue around state education funding and how we can provide better supports to students in our schools. Watch the short podcast below.

Education from Triad Strategies on Vimeo.

A few highlights from the podcast ...

Discussing the first couple of policy pieces on our Education Facts page, I explained that "we've looked at private school, charter school and total public school enrollment, and one of the things we've found is that charter school enrollment is going up at the same time that private school enrollment is going down. So the charter schools were actually taking students from private and parochial schools as much, if not more than, public schools."

We also looked at the lowest performing schools in the commonwealth that qualify for the new education scholarship fund and found that "not only are they the lowest performing schools, they are also the poorest schools: they are the ones with the highest percentage of students in poverty. ...

"If you want to deal with education issues, we have to look not just inside the classroom but what's going on in the community and what's going on with the kids."

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