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Pennsylvania Teachers Woefully Unprepared for Classroom Challenges, Study Finds

Teachers are not ready to teach in many states including Pennsylvania. That was the message delivered by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) in a national report on educators released in December. The eighth annual State Teacher Policy Yearbook examines the effectiveness of educators in all 50 states and concludes school districts are mostly failing to provide well-prepared teachers, expand the teaching pool, and identify and get rid of ineffective teachers. Poor Teacher...

Pennsylvania Parents Concerned About Student Data Collection

The concept of a “permanent record” has become even scarier under Common Core, according to a group of parents in Pennsylvania. Parents Against Common Core has petitioned Gov. Tom Corbett to put a moratorium on data collection practices. The parents say inappropriate and sensitive personal information about students is being collected and added to a federal database to track each student’s development. The data collection process, referred to as "womb to tomb" by critics, was originated by the...

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