Emily Leayman is D.C. Education Reporter at Watchdog. A Kutztown University of Pennsylvania graduate, she has been covering education for nearly four years. Before joining Watchdog, Emily interned at the Washington Examiner and Americans for Tax Reform. She has also covered college free speech issues for the College Fix and school board meetings at the Kutztown Patriot in Pennsylvania. Her stories have been picked up by Drudge Report and The Washington Post among other websites and newspapers. During her college career, Emily received a scholarship for her coverage of faculty union contract negotiations. In addition to reporting on school choice in D.C., she enjoys watching hockey and is working toward visiting all 50 states. Emily can be reached at [email protected]

Happy New Year? Five tax and fee hikes for Pennsylvanians in 2017

By   /  December 29, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

Keeping taxes and fees from rising in 2017 isn’t a New Year’s resolution for officials in the Keystone State. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf announced that he will not seek sales or income tax increases in next year’s budget. But even without further hikes, Pennsylvania taxpayers will be shelling out more on other taxes and fees. Here […]

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Scariest People of 2016: No. 9-Jerry Oleksiak

By   /  December 26, 2016  /  Education, Labor, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments


Part 3 of 10 in the series Scariest People of 2016 2016 might go down as one of the most unusual years in the history of American politics. Voters chose historic change, but in all too many ways, it was business as usual. Too many bureaucrats still put their own interests over the interests of […]

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Pennsylvania scores poorly on spending and taxes among 50 states

By   /  December 21, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

Economic Freedom of North America 2016

Pennsylvania is not a model for government spending and taxes, and projected deficits don’t make the outlook any better for next year.

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New D.C. charter school data refutes myths on discipline, diversity

By   /  December 19, 2016  /  District of Columbia, Education, News  /  No Comments

The charter sector’s improvements of serving more diverse student subgroups and reducing discipline rates could refute myths against the sector.

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D.C. Public Schools have few barriers in dismissing ineffective teachers

By   /  December 13, 2016  /  District of Columbia, Education, News  /  No Comments

Annual teacher evaluations give D.C. Public Schools leverage to dismiss ineffective teachers, which is not the case in many other major school districts.

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D.C. families explore school options to prepare for common lottery

By   /  December 12, 2016  /  District of Columbia, Education, News  /  No Comments

Photo by Emily Leayman

D.C.’s third annual EdFest allowed families to meet with hundreds of public schools before the common lottery application opened Monday.

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