When CPR Training Hurts

CPR training is now required for high school graduation in Pennsylvania, thanks to bipartisan legislation passed by the legislature and signed by the governor last week.  The news coverage I’ve seen of the new law, known as Act 7, has been uniformly positive.  And I agree that widespread CPR training will help save lives. But […]

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Hidden Taxes

Our representatives in Harrisburg are well known for passing sweeping education laws that leave local taxpayers holding the bill. The state’s charter school regulations, mandates for school bus transportation, and special education laws are just some of the high profile (and high sticker price) examples. The Philadelphia Inquirer recently pointed out the Educational Improvement Tax […]

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How to Make $1.5 Million of Your Money Disappear

The non-partisan group Education Voters of PA released a report this month on Pennsylvania’s cyber charter schools. Here’s what the report says in a nutshell: Cyber charter schools don’t cost nearly as much to operate as traditional brick and mortar schools, yet they continue to siphon off more than their fair share of tax dollars […]

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Unfunded Mandate Exhibit A

While local taxpayers bear most of the burden for funding our local schools, many of the costs are imposed by lawmakers in Harrisburg and Washington (see Yes! I’m a Patsy for more on this). Last night’s school board meeting provided a small, but important, example: One of the items on the agenda was a contract […]

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