Jonathan Cetel is the founding executive director of PennCAN. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The numbers are in and the people have spoken.

According to our new statewide poll, over two-thirds of Pennsylvanians agree that to improve the future of our state, we must improve public schools now.

Click here to read the executive summary.

We’re also in agreement on how we should do it.

First, we must reward excellence in teaching. More than 70 percent of Pennsylvanians believe that when teacher employment decisions are on the line, the most important consideration should be student performance. The same overwhelming majority thinks great teachers should be rewarded based on how well their kids perform, not just how long they’ve been teaching.

We can also agree that parents and students should be given the freedom to succeed. Seventy-two percent of the Keystone State believes parents should have the power to make schooling choices for their kids.

The majority of Pennsylvanians believe that by rewarding excellence and giving families the freedom to succeed, we can create great schools for all. Hear what they have to say.


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