Thursday, January 20, 2011

Inky and PPG: Vouchers/PN: CAIU Director Morton to take position in Corbett Administration/WP: Policing the rush to charter schools

Posted on Thu, Jan. 20, 2011

Corbett appears set to push school vouchers

HARRISBURG - The reference was a fleeting one, just 21 of 1,689 words in the new governor's sweeping inaugural message:
"Our education system must contend with other nations and so we must embrace innovation, competition, and choice in our education system."
But to anyone in the ever-contentious arena of public education and school reform, Tom Corbett's signal on Tuesday was clear: He thinks Pennsylvania is finally ready for school vouchers.
Opponents speak out against tuition vouchers
Thursday, January 20, 2011
By Tom Barnes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
HARRISBURG -- In his inaugural speech, Gov. Tom Corbett barely hinted at what is sure to become one of the most hotly debated issues of the spring -- "school choice," also known as "tuition vouchers."

Capital Area Intermediate Unit executive director Amy Morton resigns post

Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 4:08 PM 
In a letter to friends and staff today, Capital Area Intermediate Unit executive director Amy Morton announced her resignation to take a position in Gov. Tom Corbett's administration.

Bio on Amy C. Morton, Executive Director, CAIU

Washington Post Answer Sheet
Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 01/20/2011

Policing the rush to charter schools

By Valerie Strauss
Here is an editorial that was published in the Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne about education policies in Indiana. It specifically refers to reform plans by Gov. Mitch Daniels that include promoting vouchers for students to use to attend private schools, greatly increasing the number of charter schools, and paying teachers according to how well their students do on standardized tests, while limiting collective bargaining between teachers unions and schools. This was written by Tracy Warner, editorial page editor, who has worked at The Journal Gazette since 1981.

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