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Weekend at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University Draws Over 1,300

Mar 10, 2015

On Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8, CSFP hosted its 10th and largest Weekend at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Over 1,300 scholarship recipients and their family members joined CSFP in a visit to the Academy and toured the collection and special exhibits throughout the day. This popular cultural outing is…

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CSFP and Speaker Turzai Visit DePaul Catholic School

Feb 6, 2015

On January 29, CSFP Executive Director Ina Lipman joined PA House Speaker Mike Turzai (R.- Allegheny) to visit with Philadelphia students receiving scholarships from Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP), and their families, at CSFP partner DePaul Catholic School in Germantown. Speaker Turzai met with children and parents at DePaul to learn more about their blended…

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CSFP Executive Director Ina Lipman Appears on Comcast Newsmakers

Feb 2, 2015

On January 30, CSFP Executive Director Ina Lipman was interviewed by Jill Horner on Comcast Newsmakers. Ina spoke about CSFP’s K-8th grade scholarship program and the random lottery system utilized by CSFP to distribute needs-based scholarship awards. Now at the successful midway point of its Campaign for 10,000 Children, CSFP is well on its way…

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CSFP Executive Director Joins Panel Discussion for School Choice Week

Jan 27, 2015

On January 22, CSFP Executive Director Ina B. Lipman joined other area educational leaders at the National Constitution Center for a panel discussion of educational options in Philadelphia for National School Choice Week 2015. Lipman discussed the need to continue to provide quality educational options for Philadelphia families. Together with Executive Director of Choice Media…

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CSFP Participates in Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service 2015

Jan 20, 2015

Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP) participated in two events this past weekend as part of the Global Citizen Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service. On Saturday, January 17, CSFP volunteers travelled throughout Philadelphia to distribute CSFP posters and new scholarship applications to local businesses to help spread the word about CSFP’s needs-based K-8th…

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A School Funding Formula for Philadelphia – Lessons From Urban Districts Across the United States

Jan 15, 2015

Having more money to spend is no guarantee of better student outcomes. Even so, how the funding formula and charter financing issues are resolved in Pennsylvania will go a long way toward determining how the School District of Philadelphia, which has been in near-constant crisis in recent years, fares in the years ahead.

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CSFP Supporters Join Staff for Multi-School Tour

Jan 15, 2015

CSFP supporter UGI Utilities, Inc., PA State Senator Anthony Williams, and PA State Representative Jordan Harris joined CSFP at several of our great partner schools on January 5. During the tours, visitors met students currently enrolled in CSFP’s scholarship program and experienced the small, caring communities at St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Gabriel, and the Philadelphia…

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CSFP’s 10th Annual Principals’ Meeting

Jan 14, 2015

On January 13, representatives from Children Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP)’s network of over 185 quality area schools gathered for CSFP’s 10th annual Principals’ Meeting. At the meeting, Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia staff discussed the K-8th grade scholarship program guidelines and school evaluation processes with school representatives in attendance. The event also provided an opportunity for…

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School Vouchers Help Low – income Minority Students Earn a College Degree

Jan 7, 2015

A new study conducted by Matthew M. Chingos of the Brookings Institution and Paul E. Peterson of the Harvard Kennedy School finds that minority students who received a school voucher to attend private elementary schools in 1997 were, as of 2013, 10 percent more likely to enroll in college and 35 percent more likely than their peers in public school to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

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One City, Two Systems of Schools

Dec 1, 2014

For poor and minority students in Philadelphia, there really are two kinds of schools: those that work and those that don’t. Students who end up in the effective schools achieve significantly better outcomes. This variation in outcomes is not dependent on school type, student income levels, or other out-of-school factors. By expanding the “system” of effective schools, we can give more students access to a higher quality education.

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