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Rock The Capital Minute

By at May 12, 2011 | 9:26 am | 0 Comment

Rock The Capital Minute

In this edition of Rock The Capital Minute; RTC’s John Messeder reports that a public school in Gettysburg is weighing whether or not to close a school as it tries to balance a $2 million dollar budget shortfall. Pennsylvania’s Legislative Reapportionment Commission met for the first time with Judge Stephen McEwen at the helm. RTC and a Democracy Rising investigation revealed that McEwen is serving on the bench past an age limit, which calls into question his appointment to the commission. Newt Gingrich is officially seeking the Republican presidential nomination. Gingrich is set to unveil a new contract with America, but he is bogged down with questions about his past indiscretions.

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A new K-12 system will not be free

By at April 26, 2011 | 10:03 am | 470 Comments

A new K-12 system will not be free

Step One: Make taxpayers believe they are paying for substandard schools, using standardized testing criteria virtually impossible to meet, then blame teachers for the failure.

Step Two: Make taxpayers believe they can have a better education, for free.

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Pennsylvania’s School Voucher bill moves Forward

By at March 1, 2011 | 2:59 pm | 24 Comments

Pennsylvania’s School Voucher bill moves Forward

Pennsylvania’s proposed school voucher measure is moving forward as it cleared an initial. The Senate Education Committee approved the measure that more than assures that it will come up for a full vote this spring.

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The Anatomy of School Choice

By at February 21, 2011 | 8:33 am | 6 Comments

The Anatomy of School Choice

Rock The Capital’s Jan Chaplick picked apart all sides of a proposed school choice bill for Pennsylvania. Is it worth the money, and will it achieve better results?

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Haste Makes Waste: Epilogue

By at February 16, 2011 | 10:06 am | 1,029 Comments

Haste Makes Waste: Epilogue

This is the anatomy of not so well thought out business decisions that have a direct impact on schools and children.

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Governor Rendell weighs-in on School Choice

By at January 14, 2011 | 11:13 am | 106 Comments

Governor Rendell weighs-in on School Choice

Outgoing Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell weigh-in on the proposed school choice bill, saying parents should have school choice, and that already exists in the Commonwealth.

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Is School Choice the right formula for Pennsylvania

By at January 14, 2011 | 10:28 am | 640 Comments

Is School Choice the right formula for Pennsylvania

Rock The Capital Education Reporter Jan Chaplick looks at both ends of SB1 — a proposed bill to enhance school choice. There are strong feelings that it will give disadvantaged kids a quality education, but opponents say that’s flawed thinking.

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Life after Congress

By at January 4, 2011 | 8:31 pm | 1 Comments

Life after Congress

Former Congressman Arlen Specter is headed for the classroom. Specter will begin teaching a course at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2011

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A Pennsylvania school district found the right formula to cut costs, can it work in other cities

By at December 11, 2010 | 4:26 pm | 55 Comments

A Pennsylvania school district found the right formula to cut costs, can it work in other cities

Pennsylvania school districts are facing tough economic times, and the more ideas about how to deal with them, the better. Taking a cue from the West Chester Area School District, the Central Dauphin School District in suburban Harrisburg called upon residents to form a community budget task force to come up with money saving ideas for the 2011-2012 budget. After reading about […]

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Learn from D.C. and Study in Vegas

By at October 6, 2010 | 11:47 am | 1,202 Comments

 By any objective measure, public schools are failing: Poor performance, increasing dropout levels, declining international standing, lack of accountability, and chronic underfunding.  There is no magic bullet to cure the ailment. Folks that tell you, they have the answer don’t understand the complexity of  the problem.  Eliminating property taxes, reducing pension payments, and consolidating school […]

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