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"Let Them Eat Cake" - PA Gets an "F" on Funding

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Friends of Education Newsletter

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President Wants to Reduce Over-testing

The Obama administration recently announced it wants to cap the amount of time public school students spend taking standardized tests to no more than two percent of classroom instruction time. He called on Congress to “reduce over-testing” as they take up the issue of reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the federal law governing K-12 public education.

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Reauthorize ESEA Now 

Let’s shift the focus from testing, labeling, and punishing schools by over-testing to a more positive approach to education by re-envisioning ESEA.


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Property Tax Reform

Property tax reform is under discussion in Harrisburg and can go either way. Reform will either help to more equitably and predictably finance our schools for both students and property owners or create larger inequities and reduce school funding. 

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Advocating For Our Students

There are many resources about public school education in the Delaware Valley, but the Council for the Advancement of Public Schools (CAPS) is the only one that is solely focused on issues of mutual concern to parents, students, educators, administrators and the communities of Bucks and Montgomery counties.

With more than 200,000 students in 42 districts, CAPS serves as a valuable resource to educate, inform and engage the community in the broad issues that impact how and what children learn in our schools every day. From apprising the community about the impact of charter and cyber schools, to weighing in on issues such as No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, to providing helpful tips for parents as they support their children to succeed, we invite you to visit this Web site regularly. Stay informed and get involved today. It’s the key to success for all of our students and the broader community that will depend upon a well-educated and informed population tomorrow…because public education builds strong communities.

Quotable Quotes

“Eighty-nine percent of respondents favor restored school funding to the Pennsylvania education budget if the money were used for more individualized student attention and tutoring.”

-Terry Madonna Opinion Research Survey, Franklin & Marshall College, September 2011