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RFA Commentary Published in Ed Week

April 16, 2013

The current edition of Education Week features commentary authored by RFA’s executive director, Kate Shaw, and senior policy analyst, Adam Schott, on the national debate over school closings. Click here to read the commentary, and visit our page dedicated to our work on school closings here.

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RFA releases PACER brief on school closures

March 4, 2013

This week, Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission will consider closing as many as 29 buildings district-wide — a downsizing that is unprecedented in the city’s experience. This PACER brief looks at the experience of major districts — including Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C. — and examines rigorous research on large-scale closings. A key finding…

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Updated School Closing Analyses

February 28, 2013

RFA has updated its analyses of school closings in the School District of Philadelphia to include 26 schools slated for closure and three that will be consolidated. It is intended to inform the current conversation by providing a comparison of closing and receiving schools using: One year of PSSA data (school year 2011-12), and Each…

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RFA Releases New School Closing Analysis

February 21, 2013

Research for Action’s analysis of the School District of Philadelphia’s revised school closing plan is intended to inform the current conversation by providing a comparison of closing and receiving schools using: One year of PSSA data (school year 2011-12), and Each school’s current Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status. RFA found that the majority of proposed…

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RFA’s Kate Shaw Testifying before Phila. City Council

February 12, 2013

RFA’s executive director, Kate Shaw, will deliver testimony to Philadelphia City Council today. The City Council hearing focuses on the School District of Philadelphia’s proposed plan to close 37 schools throughout the city. RFA will provide Council with a critically important perspective — what rigorous, objective research on school closings nationally can teach us as…

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RFA Op-ed published in Harrisburg Patriot-News

January 2, 2013

An op-ed written by RFA’s Senior Policy Analyst, Adam Schott, appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot-News on New Year’s Day. The op-ed calls on the Pennsylvania Department of Education to enact meaningful performance and accountability standards for cyber charter schools. You can read the op-ed here.

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