Wednesday, November 17, 2010

November 17th, 2010

Need your input on mandate relief
When we met with Senate Education Committee Minority Chairman Andy Dinniman this summer in his District Office and at a regional meeting at the T/E School District in September he indicated that mandate relief was an area that the State Legislature might be receptive to working on. 
In a meeting with Senate Ed Committee member Anthony Williams last week we had an opportunity to further discuss his view of the political landscape for education come January. 
He indicated that there would likely be no money and that mandate relief was an area where we might work together productively.
Please touch base with your Superintendents and Business Managers and let me know what would be on your short list for the top 5 or 10 items that would be most beneficial to your district through mandate relief legislation.

Inky - Posted on Wed, Nov. 17, 2010

Rivals strip Pa. Rep. Dwight Evans of leadership post

HARRISBURG - Philadelphia's interests in the Capitol suffered a stinging blow Tuesday as the city's most influential legislator, State Rep. Dwight Evans, was stripped of his title as the ranking Democrat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

Inky - Posted on Tue, Nov. 16, 2010

6 local schools get Blue Ribbon excellence awards

Read more: http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/philadelphia/108348494.html?cmpid=15585797#ixzz15XSDP79F Kudos to Interboro School District's Tinicum Elementary School!!!

Delco Times 11/17

Editorial: Time for pols to weigh in on teacher strikes

Property owners are hit year after year with tax hikes calculated by local school boards. The only group that can halt the growing disparity between those who pay school salaries and those receiving them is the incoming Pennsylvania Legislature, which must enact a law making public school teacher strikes illegal.

Need a good summary of the pension bill for a board report?  Here's one….
House approves pension bill; sends to Governor's desk
PSBA's website 11/16/2010
Just a few short days after it and several other bills appeared to be dead for the session, the House concurred on Senate amendments to the pension bill, HB 2497, sending the measure to the governor's desk.

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