Friday, February 25, 2011

PENNSYLVANIANS OPPOSED TO VOUCHERS - 17 organizations/ North Penn Reporter: voucher debate/ Kampf Introduces Bill to Exempt School Districts From Prevailing Wage

17 statewide organizations issue joint statement outlining projected costs to taxpayers
American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania
American Federation of Teachers – PA
Americans United for Separation of Church and State – PA chapters
Education Law Center
Education Voters PA
Equality Pennsylvania
Jewish Labor Committee
League of Women Voters Pennsylvania
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP‐PA)
Pennsylvania Parent Teacher Association (PTA‐PA)
Penn Action
Pennsylvania Association of Pupil Services Administrators (PAPSA)
Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools (PARSS)
Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD)
Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA)
Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA)
Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY)

Pennsylvania's voucher proposal stirs local education debate

A bill pending in the state Senate that would offer state-funded vouchers to poor parents to send their children to the schools of their choice has ignited a storm of controversy.  Supporters say the bill, Senate Bill 1, would help children now stuck in failing schools move to better schools, whether public or private, where they will learn what they need to know to succeed in life. But, public school officials believe the proposal would take money away from the public schools during a recession, when the state itself faces a $4 billion shortfall.

Kampf Introduces Bill to Exempt School Districts From Prevailing Wage
Rep. Warren Kampf (R-Chester/Montgomery) today introduced a bill to reduce costs for school districts across Pennsylvania by exempting them from the state's prevailing wage requirements for public works contracts, unless they choose to opt in to those requirements. 
Kampf calls the bill the "School Construction Cost Reduction Act."  

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