Christen Smith

Christen Smith is the Pennsylvania News Editor for The Center Square and has more than a decade of experience covering state and national policy issues from all angles.

Pennsylvania’s education reform legislative recap

(The Center Square) – Both legislative chambers left town this week after advancing sweeping educational reforms likely to wind up – in some form – woven into the state budget… Read More

June 18, 2024
Philadelphia Democratic senator crosses aisle for school choice measure

(The Center Square) – A plan for school vouchers in Pennsylvania emerged from hibernation on Tuesday. The legislation remains a top priority among Republican leaders in the Senate and a… Read More

May 8, 2024
Public Education
Digital standardized tests becoming new norm

(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania’s shift toward digital standardized school testing will save the state $6.5 million and hours of lost learning for students, according to Gov. Josh Shapiro. The… Read More

April 22, 2024
Public Education
Antisemitic allegations hit Philadelphia’s school district

(The Center Square) – Several concerned residents believe teachers and students in the School District of Philadelphia express antisemitism without impunity, including in an off-campus educator event they say excluded… Read More

February 5, 2024
Public Education
Report: Test scores still lagging post-pandemic

(The Center Square) – New research suggests reading and math test scores still lag prepandemic levels as schools grapple with ongoing learning loss, an unconstitutional funding model and growing discontent… Read More

December 1, 2023