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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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“Sowing the Seeds of Future Success” Benefit Party Brings 500+ to Navy Yard

Nov 7, 2014

On October 25, CSFP and Urban Outfitters, Inc. hosted the “Sowing the Seeds of Future Success” Benefit Party focusing on educational innovation in the Philadelphia area. A crowd of over 300 CSFP donors, supporters, and friends attended the Benefit dinner and main program, and over 200 young professionals joined the Young Friends of CSFP for…

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CSFP Opens 2015-2016 School Year Application Lottery

Nov 3, 2014

On October 30, CSFP announced the availability of 2,000 new four-year scholarships at URBN, Inc.’s headquarters at the Navy Yard. Hundreds of students, school representatives, and families joined CSFP to celebrate the start of the new application season, during which time low-income Philadelphia families with children in K-8th grades can enter the CSFP random lottery…

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5th Annual CSFP High School Workshop For Students and Families

Oct 22, 2014

On October 11, CSFP hosted its 5th annual High School Workshop at West Catholic High School. The event drew more than 200 CSFP 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, and their parents, for informational sessions about the transition to high school. Representatives from private, public, and charter high schools discussed strategies for applying to and succeeding…

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Executive Director Ina Lipman Testifies in Harrisburg

Sep 15, 2014

On September 15, CSFP Executive Director Ina Lipman testified before the Pennsylvania Education Committee in Harrisburg regarding changes and improvements to two Pennsylvania tax credits programs: the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC). Ina advised the Committee of the tremendous impact area business have made through utilization of these…

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The Philadelphia School District’s Ongoing Financial Crisis

Sep 1, 2014

Each year, as predictably as classes end in June, the School District of Philadelphia faces a budget crisis for the coming school year.

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CSFP Hosts Summer Math and Writing Tutorial

Aug 19, 2014

July 24th marked the final day of CSFP’s four-session Math and Writing Tutorial. The course was designed to help prepare rising eighth and ninth grade students  for the upcoming school year. Philadelphia teachers conducted four, three and a half hour sessions during the month of July at Friends Select School. This year we were also…

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